US Pat. No. 10,363,913

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES, AND A BRAKE SYSTEM

1. A method for operating a brake system of a motor vehicle having wheels, wheel brakes and front and rear axles, the method comprising:providing a hydraulic service brake device with hydraulically operated wheel brakes on at least one front axle of the motor vehicle;
providing a parking brake device with wheel brakes and operating each with an electromechanical actuator on a rear axle of the motor vehicle;
measuring wheel revolutions with wheel revolution rate sensors on the wheels of the front and rear axles; and
braking with the parking brake device during braking by the hydraulic service brake device while the motor vehicle is travelling;
wherein braking by the parking brake device is carried out based on one of: an analysis and comparison of a wheel revolution rate information of the wheels on the same side of the front and rear axles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,912

HYDRAULIC BRAKE ACTUATORS AND RELATED METHODS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A hydraulic brake actuator comprising:a rotary valve disposed in a bore of a housing, the rotary valve including a shaft rotatably disposed within a sleeve, the sleeve and the shaft having ports that align at certain rotational positions to create a flow path between the bore and an inner chamber of the shaft;
a cam having an opening;
a pump disposed in the opening of the cam and coupled to the shaft to increase and decrease a pressure within the inner chamber of the shaft; and
a moveable pin disposed in a first passageway in the housing, the cam biased against the pin such that linear movement of the pin causes movement of the cam, a second passageway in the housing to supply fluid from the bore to the first passageway to move the pin.

US Pat. No. 10,363,909

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING TOWED VEHICLES IN A TRACTOR-TRAILER VEHICLE

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A tractor controller of a tractor in a tractor-trailer vehicle train comprising:a processing unit comprising control logic, wherein the control logic is capable of:
receiving a data signal in response to a towed vehicle controller receiving an electrical start signal and an electronic pressure signal, wherein the data signal comprises a unique identification that corresponds to the towed vehicle and a time value that indicates the time the towed vehicle controller receives the electronic pressure signal; and
calculating the position of the towed vehicle in the tractor-trailer vehicle train based on the data signal received.

US Pat. No. 10,363,907

FLUID EXCHANGE MACHINE

BG Intellectuals, Inc., ...

1. A fluid exchange machine comprising:a frame having a housing;
a display coupled with the housing;
a new fluid manifold and a used fluid manifold, the new fluid manifold and used fluid manifold coupled with the housing and in fluid communication with each other;
an auxiliary fluid tank support structure coupled with the housing;
a new fluid pump and a used fluid pump, the new fluid pump coupled with the new fluid manifold and the used fluid pump coupled with the used fluid manifold;
a processor coupled with the display for displaying an image having a first icon and a second icon thereon, wherein the first icon controls activation of the new fluid pump and the used fluid pump to perform a first type of fluid exchange, and wherein the second icon controls activation of the new fluid pump and the used fluid pump to perform a second type of fluid exchange;
a used fluid tank for holding used fluid, the used fluid tank supported by the frame, wherein the used fluid pump is selectively in communication with the used fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the used fluid tank and dispense fluid into the used fluid tank;
a new fluid tank for holding new fluid, the new fluid tank supported by the frame, wherein the new fluid pump is selectively in communication with the new fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the new fluid tank and dispense fluid into the new fluid tank; and
an auxiliary fluid tank for holding auxiliary fluid, wherein the new fluid pump is selectively in communication with the auxiliary fluid tank and is operable to selectively withdraw fluid from the auxiliary fluid tank and dispense fluid into the auxiliary fluid tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,902

ANTI-THEFT REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM USING FREQUENCY HOPPING WITH AMPLITUDE LEVEL CONTROL

TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC, ...

1. A method for preventing security breaches of passive remote keyless entry systems for a vehicle, comprising the steps oftransmitting a vehicle control command comprising a plurality of radio frequency signals from a fob to the vehicle, including the step of hopping between at least two radio frequency transmitting channels within the vehicle control command in a particular pseudo-random pattern known to the vehicle, the plurality of radio frequency signals being transmitted from the fob to the vehicle including a signal that is not normally expected to be received by the vehicle, and including the step of transmitting a particular pseudo-random pattern including fake portions,
receiving at the vehicle each portion of said particular pattern and sequentially adjusting the reception to take account of the known characteristics of each portion of the known pattern, and including the step of ignoring said fake portions,
detecting at the vehicle anomalies in the pattern of the received signals, and
blocking access to said vehicle when detected anomalies exceed permissible limits.

US Pat. No. 10,363,900

FRONT AIRBAG FOR VEHICLES

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A front airbag for a vehicle, the front airbag comprising:an airbag cushion including a rear panel located at a side of a steering wheel and a front panel located at a side of a passenger and having a shape corresponding to a shape of the rear panel, the rear panel and the front panel provided with protruding supports formed at a first side and a second side of lower end portions thereof;
a first tether connecting a central part of the front panel, corresponding to a loading position of the passenger's head, to an airbag housing;
a second tether connecting the lower end portion of the front panel, corresponding to a loading position of the passenger's chest, to the airbag housing and having a shorter length than a length of the first tether; and
a first sewing line connecting the front panel and the rear panel, formed at a position distanced from boundaries of the protruding supports in a direction towards a center of the front panel, and configured for fracturing when a pressure having an intensity greater than a designated value is applied to the first sewing line.

US Pat. No. 10,363,896

OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An occupant protection device which is disposed together with an under-cover of an instrument panel, has a harness connected to an inflator to protect a knee portion of an occupant, the occupant protection device comprising:a case in which a first surface is disposed along a lower end of the under-cover and the harness is disposed on a side surface intersecting the first surface and extending in forward and backward direction of a vehicle, and
an overhanging portion provided protruding from a side wall of the case on a side below the harness in a vehicle width direction,
wherein the harness is wired along an outer surface of the side wall, and
a plurality of gussets are provided bridging the overhanging portion and the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,363,881

AUTOMOBILE ROOF RAIL AND SEAL SYSTEM

DURA OPERATING, LLC, Aub...

1. An automobile roof rail system, comprising:a rail having a first side wall and a second side wall joined by a cross member with a cavity positioned between the first side wall and the second side wall and the cross member and extending downward from and in line with the first side wall and the second side wall;
a retention feature integrally provided with each of the first side wall and the second side wall, the retention feature of each of the first side wall and the second side wall having an engagement member defining a male member formed within the cavity below the cross member and extending into the cavity and facing each other and facing into the cavity, the male member being thinner where connected to the first side wall or the second side wall than in a portion of the male member spaced away from the first side wall or the second side wall;
first and second resilient material seals including a female cavity having a shape matching an outer surface of the male member, wherein the male member is frictionally received in the female cavity of the seals, the seals engaged at a first end with the male member of the retention feature of the first side wall and the second side wall, the first seal frictionally and positively engaged with the first side wall and the second seal frictionally and positively engaged with the second side wall, both seals positioned entirely between the first side wall and the second side wall and facing each other; and
a living hinge separating a free second end of each seal from the first end of each seal, the free second end of each seal freely positioned in the cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,875

VEHICULAR EXTERIOR ELECTRICALLY VARIABLE REFLECTANCE MIRROR REFLECTIVE ELEMENT ASSEMBLY

DONNELLY CORPORTION, Hol...

1. An exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly suitable for use for a vehicle, said exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly comprising:an electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element;
wherein said electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element comprises a front substrate and a rear substrate and an electrochromic medium disposed between said front and rear substrates;
wherein said front substrate has a first surface and a second surface and wherein a transparent electrically conductive layer is disposed at said second surface of said front substrate;
wherein said rear substrate has a third surface and a fourth surface and wherein a mirror reflector is disposed at at least a portion of said third surface of said rear substrate;
wherein said mirror reflector comprises a stack of thin films and wherein said stack of thin films comprises at least a first metal thin film and a second metal thin film;
wherein said first metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than 1×10?3 ohm·cm;
wherein said second metal thin film is formed of a metal material that has a specific resistivity of less than 1×10?3 ohm·cm;
wherein said metal material of said first metal thin film is different than said metal material of said second metal thin film;
wherein said mirror reflector provides at least 55 percent photopic reflectance measured in accordance with Society of Automotive Engineers test procedure SAE J964a;
wherein said electrochromic medium is disposed in an interpane cavity between said third surface of said rear substrate and said second surface of said front substrate and is bounded by a perimeter seal;
wherein width of said perimeter seal is at least 0.5 mm;
wherein no part of said rear substrate extends beyond any part of said front substrate;
wherein a perimeter layer is disposed at said second surface of said front substrate proximate a perimeter edge of said front substrate, and wherein said perimeter layer comprises a reflective perimeter layer;
wherein said perimeter layer comprises at least one metal thin film and wherein said perimeter layer is electrically conductive;
wherein said perimeter layer conceals said perimeter seal from view by a driver of a vehicle normally viewing said front substrate when said exterior electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly is mounted in an exterior mirror assembly attached at an exterior portion of the vehicle;
wherein at least a portion of said mirror reflector extends from under said perimeter seal outward towards at least a portion of said perimeter edge of said rear substrate;
wherein light that reflects off of said mirror reflector and passes through said electrochromic medium and said front substrate has an untinted reflectant characteristic to a viewer normally viewing said front substrate of said electrically variable reflectance mirror reflective element when no voltage is applied to said electrochromic medium; and
wherein said front substrate has a thickness of 0.063 inches or less and said rear substrate has a thickness of 0.063 inches or less.

US Pat. No. 10,363,865

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VEHICLE SAFETY LIGHTING

Admore Lighting, LLC, Ca...

1. A vehicle safety lighting system, comprising:a multi-axis accelerometer, mechanically coupled to a vehicle, configured to detect acceleration of the vehicle along each of a plurality of axes, the axes including a first axis, and a second axis that is normal to the first axis, and to output a corresponding plurality of acceleration measurements, the acceleration measurements include a first axis acceleration measurement and a second axis acceleration measurement;
a controller, coupled to the multi-axis accelerometer, and configured to:
apply a reference frame filtering process configured to generate, based at least in part on the first axis acceleration measurement and the second axis acceleration measurement, a filtered first axis acceleration measurement and a filtered second axis acceleration measurement, the filtered first axis acceleration measurement being aligned with an axial direction of the vehicle, and the filtered second axis acceleration measurement being aligned with a lateral axis, the lateral axis being normal to the axial direction of the vehicle,
determine a vehicle deceleration, based only on the filtered first axis acceleration measurement, and
detect the vehicle deceleration exceeding a brake light activation threshold and, based at least in part on said detection, output a deceleration light signal; and
a light emitting element (LEL) array, including a plurality of LELs coupled to the controller, the LEL array being configured to receive the deceleration light signal, and in response, emit a deceleration light.

US Pat. No. 10,363,828

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REGULATING CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

15. A power system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a first battery;
a second battery;
a converter including:
a first switching element coupled to a first control signal line that controls switching of the first switching element according to a first control signal;
a second switching element coupled to a second control signal line that controls switching of the second switching element according to a second control signal;
a third switching element coupled to a third control signal line that controls switching of the third switching element according to a third control signal;
a fourth switching element coupled to a fourth control signal line that controls switching of the fourth switching element according to a fourth control signal, the first, second, third, and fourth switching elements being connected in series and coupled between power signal lines that receive a first voltage from an external power source;
at least one capacitance coupled between the power signal lines and coupled to the plurality of switching elements, the first battery and the second battery; and
a resonant circuit coupled to the plurality of switching elements, the resonant circuit having a resonant frequency; and
a controller to supply the first, second, third, and fourth control signals such that the converter converts the first voltage into a second voltage to charge the first battery and the second battery,
wherein the first battery is coupled between an output line and a first power signal line of the power signal lines that is coupled to a positive terminal of the external power source,
wherein the second battery is coupled between the output line and a second power signal line of the power signal lines that is coupled to a negative terminal of the external power source, and
wherein the controller supplies the first, second, third, and fourth control signals to:
turn ON and OFF the first, second, and third switching elements such that i) the first and third switching elements are ON for a first time period while the second switching element is OFF for the first time period, ii) the first and third switching elements are OFF for a second time period while the second switching element is ON for the second time period, iii) the third switching element is pulsed ON and OFF at least once during the second time period, and iv) the fourth switching element is OFF for the first and second time periods.

US Pat. No. 10,363,800

TARPAULIN BRACKET SYSTEM

Precision Tarp Inc., Elg...

1. A connector for attaching a bow to a cable assembly in a movable tarpaulin system, the connector comprising:a first plate member having a planar surface with an aperture, two opposing upturned sidewalls along at least a portion of opposing sides of the planar surface so as to define a channel, and a planar flange portion extending from an end of the planar surface positioned between the upturned sidewalls;
a second plate member having a planar surface with an aperture therein and a curved flange portion extending from the planar surface along an end;
a fastener for connecting the first and second plate members to a bow;
wherein the apertures in the respective planar surfaces of the first and second plate members align with one another and an aperture in an end of a bow to allow the fastener to pass through the three aligned apertures so as to sandwich the end of the bow between the first and second plate members in a manner such that the planar flange of the first plate member substantially abuts the curved flange of the second plate member so as to attach the connector to a cable positioned between the two flanges.

US Pat. No. 10,363,785

TOW HOOK SEAL ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED BUMPER BOLT COVER

Ford Global Technologies,...

11. A tow hook seal assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a housing;
a tow hook seal held in said housing;
a first bumper bolt opening;
a second bumper bolt opening; and
a cover having a U-shape from a front elevation view of the vehicle and including a first section covering said first bumper bolt opening, a second section covering said second bumper bolt opening and a bridge section connecting said first section and said second section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,777

VEHICLE WHEEL

JITI LOGISTICS CO., LTD.,...

1. A vehicle wheel comprising:a disc member to which an axle is connected; and
a rim portion connected to the disc member and on which a tire is mounted,
wherein the rim portion includes:
a first tire mounting portion connected to the disc member and including a first bead seat coming into contact with an outer bead of the tire;
a second tire mounting portion located and spaced apart from the first tire mounting portion and including a second bead seat coming into contact with an inner bead of the tire; and
a well portion including an outer well portion extending from the first tire mounting portion, and an inner well portion configured to connect the outer well portion to the second tire mounting portion, and
wherein a thickness is formed to be thinner in an order of the outer well portion, the second bead seat, and the inner well portion;
wherein the thickness of the outer well portion is 1.2 to 1.8 times that of the second bead seat;
wherein the thickness of the outer well portion is 1.2 to 2.5 times that of the inner well portion;
wherein the inner well portion is formed to be inclined in an outward direction of the outer well portion based on a rotational center of the disc member;
wherein the inner well portion is formed to be inclined in multi-stepped stages;
wherein the inner well portion includes:
a first inclined portion formed to be inclined from the outer well portion to the second bead seat; and
a second inclined portion formed to be inclined from the second bead seat to the first inclined portion and connected to the first inclined portion;
wherein an inclined angle between the bottom surface of the second bead seat and the second inclined portion is the same as a slope angle between the rotational center line of the disc member and the second inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,771

PAPER BINDING DEVICE

1. A paper binding device configured to hold a plurality of paper sheets together utilizing aligned holes formed in each of the plurality of sheets, the paper binding device comprising:a first part comprising:
a first elongated strip elongated along a first longitudinal direction;
wherein a first cross-section through the first elongated strip perpendicular to the first longitudinal direction has a first outer perimeter shape which includes at least one flat first surface;
a plurality of bendable extensions extending from the at least one flat first surface, wherein the plurality of bendable extensions are spaced along the first longitudinal direction;
wherein each of the plurality of bendable extensions comprises:
two cylindrically-shaped posts disposed adjacent to one another and separated by a gap, where the two cylindrically-shaped posts are connected at each of a proximal ends to the at least one flat first surface, and where the two cylindrically-shaped posts extend perpendicular from the at least one flat first surface to each of a respective distal ends;
wherein the two cylindrically-shaped posts define an alignment line passing through a center of each of the two cylindrically-shaped posts, wherein the alignment line is perpendicular to the first longitudinal direction;
a plurality of bridges connecting the two cylindrically-shaped posts along the gap, wherein each bridge of the plurality of bridges is spaced between the proximal end and distal end of the two cylindrically-shaped posts;
a second part comprising:
a second elongated strip elongated along a second longitudinal direction;
wherein a second cross-section through the second elongated strip perpendicular to the second longitudinal direction has a second outer perimeter shape which includes at least one flat second surface;
a plurality of through apertures disposed from the at least one flat second surface through to an opposite surface, wherein the plurality of through apertures are matched to the plurality of bendable extensions when the first and second parts are mutually aligned to another along the same first and second longitudinal directions; and
a plurality of elongated channels openly formed in the opposite surface along the second longitudinal direction, wherein each elongated channel of the plurality of elongated channels starts at its respective through aperture and extends to a respective channel end;
wherein each elongated channel comprises a channel opening along the opposite surface which is smaller than a widest portion of the channel disposed within the second elongated strip; and
wherein when the at least one flat first surface is disposed facing the at least one flat second surface and the plurality of bendable extensions are fitted through the plurality of through apertures, the plurality of bendable extensions are configured to be manipulated by a user to bend and lock into the plurality of elongated channels.

US Pat. No. 10,363,768

IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT WITH CONTOURED SURFACE IMAGE

MorphoTrust USA, LLC, Bi...

1. A multilayer laminate identification document comprising:an outer layer comprising a contoured surface image formed via laser ablation and having contours based on a digital monochrome image, wherein the contoured surface image has a first appearance when viewed in reflected light at a first angle and a second, different appearance when viewed in reflected light at a second, different angle; and
an inner layer having a source image printed thereon, wherein the digital monochrome image is derived from the source image, and the contoured surface image partially overlaps the source image wherein the source image is a digital polychrome portrait of a subject.

US Pat. No. 10,363,761

FLEXIBLE PACKAGING PRINTER WITH MULTIPLE PRINT LANES

INC.JET INC., Norwich, C...

1. An imaging device for depositing ink on a web, the imaging device comprising:a ski plate having an elongated opening configured to hold a plurality of print head assemblies in a grid defined by multiple rows and multiple print lanes, the elongated opening having a width of at least two rows and a length spanning at least four print lanes, and the elongated opening is configured to simultaneously hold at least one print head assembly in each lane and at least two print head assemblies in each row; and
an engagement structure configured to couple at least one print head assembly to the elongated opening of the ski plate at multiple positions along the elongated opening whereby a spacing between the multiple print lanes is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,749

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising an external cover portion which is connected to a liquid discharging apparatus and which discharges a liquid from a nozzle,wherein the external cover portion includes
a first gas hole for communicating a first gas flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion with an atmosphere,
a second gas hole for carrying a gas between a second gas flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion and the liquid discharging apparatus, and
a first liquid hole for carrying the liquid between a liquid flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion and the liquid discharging apparatus, and
wherein the first gas hole and the second gas hole are disposed separately in the external cover portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,745

PRINTHEADS WITH PRESSURE EQUALIZATION

HEWLETT -PACKARD DEVELOPM...

1. A printhead assembly comprising:a housing having a first printing material reservoir and a second printing material reservoir;
a print nozzle array disposed in a side of the housing and coupled to each respective printing material reservoir through an array channel including the print nozzle array; and
a pressure equalization channel disposed in each of the respective printing material reservoirs to allow air to enter each respective printing material reservoir when a pressure in the respective printing material reservoir changes.

US Pat. No. 10,363,741

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a pressure chamber;
a piezoelectric element corresponding to the pressure chamber, the piezoelectric element comprising a first electrode, a piezoelectric film and a second electrode, the first electrode, the piezoelectric film and the second electrode being stacked in a stacked direction, the first electrode being between the pressure chamber and the second electrode in the stacked direction;
a common trace connecting to the second electrode and an electrode of another piezoelectric element; and
wherein a maximum width of the first electrode in a direction orthogonal to the stacked direction and parallel to a shortest virtual line connecting the pressure chamber to a closest adjacent pressure chamber of the liquid ejection apparatus is greater than a maximum width of the pressure chamber in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,740

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate including an energy generating element configured to generate energy used for ejecting a liquid;
a flow channel member overlying the substrate and defining a flow channel through which a liquid is supplied; and
an ejection opening member overlying the flow channel member and defining an ejection opening through which the liquid supplied through the flow channel is ejected by the energy from the energy generating element,
wherein the flow channel member contains a crosslinked cured product of a multifunctional epoxy resin and a polyhydric alcohol having a perfluoroalkyl group in the molecule thereof, and wherein the concentration of a component derived from the polyhydric alcohol in the flow channel member is lower on a side adjacent to the substrate than on the opposite side adjacent to the ejection opening member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,725

CARD SUBSTRATE WARPAGE REDUCTION

ASSA ABLOY AB, Stockholm...

1. A transfer lamination process using a transfer lamination device, which includes a transfer unit, a substrate rotator, and a transfer ribbon that includes a carrier layer and a transfer layer attached to the carrier layer, the transfer lamination process comprising:transferring a transfer section of the transfer layer from the carrier layer to a first surface of a substrate using the transfer unit including:
heating the transfer section and pressing the transfer section against the first surface of the substrate using the transfer unit; and
detaching the carrier layer from the transfer section;
inverting the substrate using the substrate rotator; and
heating at least a portion of a second surface of the substrate that is opposite the first surface using the transfer unit without transferring the transfer layer to the portion of the second surface;
wherein:
the transfer unit includes a heated transfer roller; and
heating the portion of the second surface of the substrate comprises heating the portion of the second surface of the substrate using the heated transfer roller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,723

FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING MATERIAL FOR MAINTAINING FRESHNESS HAVING IMPROVED ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

HANGREENTECH CO., LTD., ...

1. A food packaging material comprising:a first film comprising synthetic resin, calcium carbonate powder coated with zinc oxide, boehmite powder coated with titanium dioxide, and hydroxyapatite powder coated with iron;
a second film laminated on the first film and comprising powdery particles that contain synthetic resin, loess, elvan, kaolin, zeolite, feldspar, black mica, jade, selenium and charcoal; and
a third film laminated on the second film and made of synthetic resin,
wherein the first film has a higher porosity than that of the second film, and the second film has a higher porosity than that of the third film.

US Pat. No. 10,363,722

BLADE-SHAPED CUTTING INSERT AND CUTTING TOOL THEREFOR

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. A blade-shaped cutting insert (20), comprising:opposing first and second insert side surfaces (22a, 22b) with a peripheral surface (24) extending therebetween; and
the peripheral surface (24) including first and second diverging flank surfaces (26a, 26b) and an upper surface (28), the first and second diverging flank surfaces (26a, 26b) located on opposite sides of a first plane (P1) transverse to the upper surface (28), and
first and second cutting portions (34a, 34b) having respective first and second primary cutting edges (36a, 36b) which extend between the first and second insert side surfaces (22a, 22b),
the first primary cutting edge (36a) being formed at the intersection of a first rake surface (38a) and a first relief surface (40a), with the first rake surface (38a) being disposed on the upper surface (28),
the second primary cutting edge (36a) being formed at the intersection of a second rake surface (38b) and a second relief surface (40b), with the second rake surface (38b) also being disposed on the upper surface (28), and
wherein:
the first primary cutting edge (36a) defines a maximum insert width (WMAX) between the first and second cutting portions (34a, 34b);
the cutting insert (20) has a maximum insert length (LMAX) measured perpendicular to the first plane (P1), and a maximum insert height (HMAX) measured parallel to the first plane (P1),
the maximum insert length (LMAX) is more than twelve times greater than the maximum insert width (WMAX),
the maximum insert height (HMAX) is more than eight times greater than the maximum insert width (WMAX),
the maximum insert width (WMAX) is less than 1.5 mm,
the first relief surface (40a) is spaced apart from the first flank surface (26a) by a first lower surface (42a),
the second relief surface (40b) is spaced apart from the second flank surface (26b) by a second lower surface (42b), and
the first lower surface (42a) forms an obtuse external angle (?4) with the first flank surface (26a).

US Pat. No. 10,363,717

METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR ESTABLISHING A REGISTERED SCORE, SLIT OR SLOT IN A CORRUGATED BOARD, AND ARTICLES PRODUCED THERE FROM

Scorrboard LLC, Renton, ...

1. A method for creating a registered modification in corrugated board, the method comprising:ascertaining locations of first and second features of a fluted medium in the corrugated board, the fluted medium having a plurality of flutes, each flute having a flute peak, a flute axis, and a flute pitch, wherein the first feature comprises a flute feature on a first one of the plurality of flutes and the second feature comprises a flute feature on a second one of the plurality of flutes;
determining a distance from the first and second features in a direction orthogonal to the flute axis for establishing a location of a first registered modification; and
creating the first registered modification at the established location without penetrating the corrugated board;
determining a distance from the first registered modification in the direction orthogonal to the flute axis for establishing a second location of a second registered modification; and
creating the second registered modification at the second established location without penetrating the corrugated board;
wherein the flute pitch is used to establish the second established location in combination with the location of the first registered modification.

US Pat. No. 10,363,706

THREE DIMENSIONAL PRINTING METHOD AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A three dimensional printing method comprising:generating a two-dimensional layer information related with a plurality of layer objects of a three-dimensional object according to a three-dimensional model information, wherein the three-dimensional object includes a main body, and a space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with another object is defined by the shape of the main body;
analyzing the two-dimensional layer information to identify a forming region and an object embedded region within each of the layer objects, wherein the forming regions constitute the main body of the three-dimensional object and the object embedded regions constitute the space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with the another object;
selecting at least one section of the three-dimensional object as a separation plane which is overlapping with a portion of the space for combining the main body of the three-dimensional object with the another object; and
printing the layer objects, layer by layer, with a forming material and a supporting material, to coat the forming material onto the forming region without overlapping with the separation plane, and coat the supporting material onto the forming region overlapping with the separation plane and the object embedded region, wherein the supporting material is removable from the three-dimensional object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,704

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING TOOL PATHS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING

AREVO, INC., Milpitas, C...

1. A method for generating printing instructions for printing a three-dimensional (3D) object, comprising:(a) receiving a computer model of said 3D object in computer memory;
(b) generating a parametric representation of said computer model of said 3D object;
(c) selecting a first edge in a parametric representation of a curved surface of said computer model;
(d) generating a 3D tool path at least in part by:
(i) selecting a first set of points on said first edge; and
(ii) computing coordinates of a second set of points on a second edge parallel to said first edge in said parametric representation, wherein said first edge and said second edge define said 3D tool path; and
(e) generating said printing instructions for printing at least a portion of said 3D object along said 3D tool path generated in (d).

US Pat. No. 10,363,703

RADIAL LATTICE STRUCTURES FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Within Technologies Ltd.,...

1. A physical object created by additive manufacturing, the physical object comprising:multiple beams connected with each other at junction points to form a lattice of the physical object;
wherein the beams of the lattice correspond to a duplicated three dimensional (3D) structure;
wherein the 3D structure has (i) first sets of junction points at a first location along an axis for the 3D structure, and (ii) second sets of junction points at a second location, which is different from the first location, along the axis for the 3D structure; and
wherein, when projected into a two dimensional (2D) plane normal to the axis, the first sets of junction points alternate with the second sets of junction points at successive radii positions away from the axis in the 2D plane normal to the axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,701

METHOD FOR PRODUCING INORGANIC SUBSTANCE POWDER HIGHLY-ORIENTED THIN FILM SHEET

TBM CO., LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A thin film sheet for printing that consists of a thermoplastic resin and inorganic substance powder and at least one optional auxiliary agent selected from the group consisting of a lubricant, a fluidity improving agent, a dispersant, an antioxidant, a UV absorbing agent, and a stabilizer,wherein the thermoplastic resin is high density polyethylene,
wherein a weight ratio of the thermoplastic resin to the inorganic substance powder is 18:82 to 40:60, the inorganic substance powder has an average particle size of 0.5 to 15 ?m and is free of particles with a particle size of at least 50 ?m,
wherein the film sheet has an apparent specific gravity of 0.55 to 1.40,
wherein the high density polyethylene has a melt mass flow rate of 0.02 to 1.2 g/10 min, and
wherein the inorganic substance powder is at least one selected from the group consisting of calcium carbonate, clay, silica, titanium oxide, talc, kaolin and aluminum hydroxide.

US Pat. No. 10,363,693

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A PLUG FOR A CONTAINER NECK

Novembal USA Inc., Ediso...

1. A method for manufacturing a plug for a container neck, comprising:molding a skirt of the plug,
wherein the skirt has a tubular shape, defining a central axis and adapted to surround the container neck,
wherein the skirt extends, along the central axis, between a first end adapted to receive an obturating device adapted to obturate the container neck and a second end opposite to the first end, and
wherein the skirt is provided with an attachment device adapted to removably attach to the container neck and with a retention strip adapted for permanent retention around the container neck, the retention strip adapted to pass, by folding, from a molding configuration, in which the retention strip extends, from the skirt, in a direction opposite to the first end of the skirt, to an operating configuration, in which the retention strip extends from the skirt, to the first end of the skirt and is adapted to axially abut against an associated bulge of the container neck during a first opening of the plug;
cutting in the skirt a peripheral break line adapted to be broken during the first opening of the plug, wherein the line, before the first opening of the plug, connects, along the central axis, a removable portion of the skirt, including the first end of the skirt and the attachment device, and a non-removable portion of the skirt, including the second end of the skirt and the retention strip; and
folding the retention strip towards the first end of the skirt until the retention strip passes into the operating configuration,
wherein cutting the peripheral break line further comprises prefolding the retention strip, wherein the prefolding causes the retention strip to pass from the molding configuration to a prefolded configuration which is in between the molding and operating configurations, and
wherein folding the retention strip further comprises folding the strip from the prefolded configuration to the operating configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,685

INGOT CUTTING APPARATUS, AND LOAD DETECTING DEVICE USED IN INGOT CUTTING APPARATUS

TEC GIHAN CO., LTD., Kyo...

1. An ingot cutting apparatus that cuts an ingot by pressing the ingot against a wire wound a plurality of turns around a pair of rollers, the apparatus comprising a measuring device that measures loads applied to the ingot or the amount of bending of the wire on a new wire side where new wire is supplied to the ingot and an old wire side where old wire is recovered, wherein the measuring device includes load sensors attached to a slicing table holding the ingot, and is a device that measures the moment of the ingot about an axis along the pressing direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,684

MONITORING DISCHARGE PRESSURE ON CONCRETE MIX LOAD

VERIFI LLC, Cambridge, M...

1. A method for determining rheology of concrete, comprising:in an automated concrete rheology monitoring system having a computer processing unit (CPU) connected electrically or wirelessly to a plurality of sensors configured for monitoring conditions on a concrete delivery vehicle having a mixing drum for concrete, including a sensor for monitoring discharge pressure on the mixing drum, performing the following steps:
monitoring discharge pressure of a concrete load discharged from the concrete mixing drum;
comparing the monitored peak discharge pressure of the discharged concrete load with CPU-accessible database wherein peak discharge pressure values correspond to concrete rheology values;
reporting a rheology value of the concrete discharged based on the peak discharge pressure as monitored; and
wherein said automated concrete rheology monitoring system further comprises CPU-accessible data comprising correlations involving concrete rheology values measured prior to discharge based on charge pressure and during discharge based on discharge pressure, and
wherein said CPU determines whether to update the correlation involving charge pressure and concrete rheology values if the concrete rheology values measured prior to discharge based on charge pressure and measured during discharge based on discharge pressure differ by more than a pre-determined amount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,682

POWER TOOL

POWER BOX AG, Zug (CH)

1. A powered cutting apparatus,said apparatus comprising a base having a surface onto which a work piece to be cut can be placed, first and second spaced parallel slide members,
a fence having a surface for location of the work piece therewith and a cutting unit, said cutting unit including a rotatable blade, a guard for the rotatable blade, and drive means for rotating said blade when switched on, said cutting unit mounted on, and to one side of, the slide members such that the blade is spaced to one side of the same along a plane substantially parallel with the said surface of the base;
wherein the base includes first guide means including first and second slots extending from an edge of the base surface and running perpendicular to the cutting line of the rotatable blade, and provided for location of the said fence via first and second pins provided on the fence such that the said fence surface is positioned in a plane parallel with the longitudinal axis of said slides and movable perpendicular thereto, and
at least second guide means are provided, including a single slot extending from an edge of the base surface and running parallel to the cutting line of the rotatable blade, with which said fence is located via one of said first or second pins, with the other of the first or second pins at least partially retracted so as to allow the position of said fence to be angularly adjustable by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,363,681

ALIGNMENT TOOL

TSO PRODUCTS, LLC, Fort ...

1. An alignment tool for connection to a work component and for use in aligning the work component with a work piece, wherein the work component has at least a first reference surface that extends longitudinally in a first direction, the alignment tool comprising:a body having at least a first reference surface that extends longitudinally in the first direction and having at least one work piece guide surface that extends in a second direction that is perpendicular to the at least first reference surface;
the body further comprises a retention element spaced from the first reference surface of the body;
a clamp assembly connected to the body and extending in the second direction past the at least first reference surface of the body;
wherein when the alignment tool is to be connected to the work component, the clamp assembly is movable to engage the work component and to draw together and hold in abutting engagement the first reference surface of the alignment tool and the first reference surface of the work component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,678

SAW GUIDE AND METHOD OF USING SAME

TECHSOUTH, INC., Indian ...

1. A saw guide comprising:(a) a substantially cylindrical body for positioning on a substantially cylindrical workpiece to be cut with a saw blade, the body comprising first and second arcuate members, each of the first and second arcuate members defining a length and a width and having first and second ends, the first end of the first arcuate member releasably attached to the first end of the second arcuate member, and the second end of the first arcuate member pivotally connected to the second end of the second arcuate member, whereby the body is moveable between a closed position wherein the first ends of the first and second arcuate members are attached, and an open position wherein the first ends of the first and second arcuate sections are released from attachment and the first and second sections are allowed to freely pivot;
(b) first and second slot sections integrally formed in the first arcuate member and extending entirely through the width of the first arcuate member, the first slot section substantially parallel to the second slot section;
(c) first and second slot sections integrally formed in the second arcuate member and extending entirely through the width of the second arcuate member, the first slot section substantially parallel to the second slot section; and
(d) wherein the first slot section of the first arcuate member is linearly aligned with the first slot section of the second arcuate member to form a substantially continuous first slot for receiving a saw blade when the body is in the closed position, and the second slot section of the first arcuate member is linearly aligned with the second slot section of the second arcuate member to form a substantially continuous second slot for receiving a saw blade when the body is in the closed position, wherein the first slot is wider than the second slot whereby the first slot is adapted for receiving a first saw blade having a first width and the second slot is adapted for receiving a second saw blade having a second width less than the first width of the first saw blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,676

MANDOLINE WITH SPIRALIZER INSERT

Progressive International...

1. A mandoline slicer, comprising:a frame having a pair of opposing frame sidewalls;
a slicing ramp having a rearward ramp portion positioned between the opposing frame sidewalls and a forward ramp portion positioned between the opposing frame sidewalls, the forward ramp portion having a main slicing blade with a sharp edge facing toward the rearward ramp portion, the rearward ramp portion being spaced apart from the forward ramp portion to define an opening between the rearward ramp opening and the forward ramp opening; and
a spiral slicing insert removably seated within the opening, the spiral slicing insert having an upper side and a lower side;
the upper side of the spiral slicing insert having an upper circular support, an upwardly extending spindle, and a first spiral slicing blade positioned inside the upper circular support; and
the lower side of the spiral slicing insert having a lower circular support, a downwardly extending spindle, and a second spiral slicing blade positioned inside the upper circular support;
the spiral slicing insert further being selectively positionable within the opening such that either the upper side of the spiral slicing insert extends upwardly away from the slicing ramp or the lower side of the spiral slicing insert extends upwardly away from the slicing ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,363,673

THINNING SHEARS

Capelito Corporation, Ka...

1. Haircutting thinning shears comprising:a comb blade and a bar blade, wherein the comb blade is provided with a number of slits spaced apart at intervals, and having teeth between the slits, the slits and the teeth continuing to the comb blade's tip-edge portion such that the tip-edge portion ends in one of the teeth, the comb blade being longer than the bar blade, the comb blade's tip-edge portion being corner-rounding processed to make the tip-edge portion arcuate at its tip and make sharp edges of the arcuate tip rounded, and the tooth in the tip-edge portion having a width not greater than 1 mm; and
an indentation being provided in a tip end of each of the teeth; wherein
the configuration of the arcuate tip-edge portion and the rounded edges of the comb blade enable the thinning shears to be stood upright on hair on a scalp and the tip-edge portion to be slid along the scalp heading in the direction that the hair grows, to catch in the indentations crosswise hair that grows along the scalp in a direction different from the rest of the hair and cut the crosswise hair with the thinning shears.

US Pat. No. 10,363,672

RESILIENT CUTLERY HANDLE

Corelle Brands Holdings I...

1. A cutlery implement comprising:a blade having a proximal end and an opposed distal end, the blade further having a cutting edge and a spine, the spine being disposed on a top side of the blade portion and generally opposed to the cutting edge;
a handle coupled to the blade proximate the distal end of the blade, the handle comprising:
an upper handle portion being coupled to the spine of the blade so that the handle remains stationary relative to the blade, and a lower handle portion coupled to the upper handle portion, wherein one of either the upper handle portion and the lower handle portion is formed from a resilient polymer material, and the other of the upper handle portion and the lower handle portion is formed of a generally rigid material;
a cavity defined between the lower handle portion and the upper handle portion, and
a handle core, wherein the cavity is defined between an outer surface of the handle core and an inner surface of the lower handle portion, and wherein the cavity contains a gel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,668

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POST-TREATMENT OF DRY ADHESIVE MICROSTRUCTURES

ONROBOT LOS ANGELES INC.,...

1. A method for post-treating dry adhesive microstructures to form post-treated tips, comprising:(a) directing a liquid polymer layer to self-align with a plurality of microstructures adjacent to a gripping surface;
(b) receiving, by a computer processor, a reading of applied pressure on said gripping surface by said liquid polymer layer;
(c) adjusting a position of said liquid polymer layer relative to a position of said gripping surface based at least in part on said reading of applied pressure and a predetermined dipping pressure;
(d) retracting said liquid polymer layer such that a portion of said liquid polymer layer is retained on a tip of each microstructure of said plurality of microstructures; and
(e) curing said portion of said liquid polymer layer.

US Pat. No. 10,363,665

LINEAR ROBOT ARM WITH MULTIPLE END EFFECTORS

Persimmon Technologies Co...

1. A substrate transport apparatus for carrying at least four substrates comprising:a lower linearly driven end effector structure including a left prong including a first paddle configured to carry a substrate and a right prong including a second paddle spaced from the first paddle configured to carry a substrate;
a lower shuttle coupled to the left and right prongs of the lower linearly driven end effector structure configured to mount the lower linearly driven end effector structure thereon;
an upper linearly driven end effector structure including a left prong including a first paddle configured to carry a substrate and a right prong including a second paddle spaced from the first paddle configured to carry a substrate;
an upper shuttle coupled to the left and right prongs of the upper linearly driven end effector structure configured to mount the upper linearly driven end effector structure thereon; and
a drive subsystem coupled to the lower shuttle and the upper shuttle configured to linearly drive the lower end effector structure and to linearly drive the upper end effector structure independent of the lower end effector structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,659

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOAD BALANCING OF ROBOTS TO CREATE MORE EQUIVALENT TASK LOADS ACROSS TASK SERVERS

Fetch Robotics, Inc., Sa...

1. A system for load balancing of robots, comprising:at least two robots;
a first computer comprising a first task server; and
a second computer comprising a second task server, the second task server
operably connected to the first task server, the first task server configured to manage a first spatial region, the first task server operably connected to the at least two robots, the first task server configured to receive a task to be performed by a robot at a site comprising the first spatial region, the first task server further configured to assign the task to one of the two or more robots if the task can efficiently be performed within the first spatial region, thereby creating enhanced task loads across the first task server and the second task server, wherein the first task server and the second task server are configured to interactively assign spatial regions so as to approximately balance loads on the first task server and the second task server, wherein the load is defined as a length of a server's task queue.

US Pat. No. 10,363,656

MULTI-ROBOT GRADIENT BASED ADAPTIVE NAVIGATION SYSTEM

Santa Clara University, ...

1. A system for collective navigation of mobile robots, comprising:(a) a cluster of mobile robots equipped with sensors, the robots navigating in a space with a desired navigation task;
(b) a first controller controlling the kinematics of each of the robots; and
(c) a second controller adaptively and collectively controlling the navigation of each of the robots in the cluster by receiving information from the sensors of all the mobile robots in the cluster and estimating field characteristics comprising gradient direction and/or differential scalar measurements based on all the received sensor information to then determine a desired bearing for the entire cluster of mobile robots, and specifying appropriate cluster state space set-points comprising cluster size and shape to achieve the desired navigation task for each of the mobile robots in the cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,363,649

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL WRENCH

KIRK WRENCH LLC, Canton,...

1. A multi-functional wrench, comprising:an archial body having a first end and a second end, wherein the body has a first working face and a second working face on an opposite side of the body with respect to the first working face, wherein the body has an integral drive post extending outwardly from each of the at least one of the first working face and the second working face, wherein a socket is present in the body and extends completely through the body between each of the first working face and the second working face, wherein the socket comprises an intermediate socket centrally located between the first end and the second end of the body, wherein the body is curved along a plane in shape between the first end and second end with reference to the first working face of the body such that the intermediate socket is located outside of a straight line drawn between the first end and the second end, and wherein the drive post on the first working face is directly opposite the drive post on the second working face.

US Pat. No. 10,363,647

GRINDING TOOL

TOSHIBA KIKAI KABUSHIKI K...

1. A polishing apparatus comprising:a holding section configured to hold a material to be polished;
a polishing body configured to polish the material to be polished held by the holding section;
a head that supports the polishing body via an elastic mechanism;
a driving mechanism configured to cause the head to be moved in a Z coordinate direction; and
a control unit that is connected to the driving mechanism and that is configured to:
selectively carry out position control of the polishing body and, separately, load control of the load applied to the polishing body; and
control the driving mechanism by initially performing the position control of the driving mechanism when lowering the head using the driving mechanism and switching to the load control of the driving mechanism ahead of a position which is a Z coordinate when a target load is achieved,
wherein a load measurement device to measure a load applied to the polishing body is attached to the head, and
the load measurement device is connected to the polishing body via the elastic mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,363,644

NUMERICAL-CONTROL MACHINE TOOL

PARPAS S.P.A., Cadoneghe...

1. A numerical-control machine tool, comprising:two side walls that rise from a base and that extend horizontally side by side so as to form a longitudinal corridor (L);
a load-bearing beam which extends astride the two side walls perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the corridor (L), and is movable along the two side walls in a first horizontal direction (di), which extends substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the corridor (L) and perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the beam (A);
a spindle-holding carriage which is movable on the load-bearing beam in a second horizontal direction (d2), which extends substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the beam (A);
a spindle-holding shaft which is fixed to the spindle-holding carriage (10), the spindle-holding shaft having a longitudinal axis (B) that extends substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the beam (A);
a motor spindle fixed to the spindle-holding shaft so as to be able to reach a workpiece to be machined, which workpiece is provided stationary on the base, wherein the spindle-holding shaft is movable on the spindle-holding carriage parallel to the longitudinal axis (B) so as to be able to vary the distance between the motor spindle and the workpiece;
a front wall and a rear wall that each close a respective one of two opposing ends of the longitudinal corridor;
an upper cover which extends astride the two lateral shoulders, at a predetermined height from the base, so as to close the longitudinal corridor at the top, and thereby delimit, together with the front and rear walls, a machining chamber, which is isolated from the outside and is only accessible via an access door of the front wall; and
an ambient conditioning unit which is adapted to bring and maintain the temperature of air present inside the machining chamber around a given target value, wherein
said upper cover being engaged in a pass-through and an axially sliding manner by the spindle-holding shaft, and being structured so as to follow the movements of the spindle-holding shaft in said first (di) and second (d2) horizontal directions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,643

MORTISE AND TENON JIG

LEIGH INDUSTRIES, LTD., ...

1. A mortise and tenon jig comprising:a base plate;
a router support plate attached to an upper surface of the base plate, the router support plate comprising an opening; and
a guide attached to the router support plate, wherein:
the guide comprises a first end and a second end;
the first end comprises a mortise guide surface;
the second end comprises a tenon guide surface; and
the mortise and tenon jig comprises a first configuration where the mortise guide surface is aligned with the opening and a second configuration where the tenon guide surface is aligned with the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,642

LOCKING CENTERING MECHANISM

Carson Optical, Inc., Ko...

1. A centering mechanism to retain an object having a center, wherein the centering mechanism comprises:a main body having at least a first alignment axis,
at least two retaining members, each having at least a first end and a first pressing portion,
at least one centering member having at least a first surface,
at least one locking mechanism engageable with the centering member, with at least the first locking mechanism having at least, a first tangential surface, a first locked state and a first unlocked state,
wherein the centering mechanism can retain an object with the center approximately aligned to at least the first alignment axis, and at least the first tangential surface directly or indirectly at least partially engages at least the first surface of at least the first centering member so that the locking mechanism further retains the object.

US Pat. No. 10,363,640

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A WING PANEL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for automated manufacture of aircraft wing panels comprising:a tacking cell configured to tack one or more stringers to a skin plank;
a riveting cell configured to receive a tacked plank from the tacking cell and to rivet the one or more stringers to the tacked plank;
a splicing cell configured to receive a plurality of riveted planks from the riveting cell and to attach one or more splice stringers to the plurality of riveted planks;
a side of body cell configured to receive a spliced panel from the splicing cell and to attach a side of body chord thereto to produce a wing panel; and
an overhead positioning system comprising a plurality of vice jaws configured to engage a track that extends between at least some of the cells and to engage components of the aircraft wing panels, wherein at least one vice jaw comprises a pair of adjustably positionable jaw members with at least one jaw member comprising one or more adjustably positionable clamp members configured to move along the respective jaw member to receive a riveted plank between the clamp members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,631

NEUTRON IRRADIATED MATERIAL REPAIR

Framatome Inc., Lynchbur...

1. A method of repairing a neutron irradiated damaged metal of a part in a nuclear power plant, comprising:identifying a damaged portion of the irradiated metal to be repaired on the part;
removing a volume of the irradiated metal to create a cavity, the volume including the damaged portion, said removing creating a surface formed by a recast layer in the cavity;
cleaning the surface to remove the recast layer; and
replacing the volume with a replacement material that at least partially fills the cavity without melting the part, wherein said replacing includes performing powder injection laser welding to replace the removed volume.

US Pat. No. 10,363,628

AUTOMATIC AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method of control for an automated welding system, comprising:receiving, via control circuitry, a data set including one or more features of a joint to be welded;
receiving, via the control circuitry, a weld procedure for the joint to be welded, wherein the weld procedure for the joint is determined based on a sample virtual weld performed by an operator or a combination of the sample virtual weld performed by an operator and a stored procedure developed for a substantially similar weld joint;
determining, via the control circuitry, one or more desired changes to the weld procedure based on the received features of the joint to be welded; and
generating, via the control circuitry, an updated weld procedure by altering one or more parameters of the received weld procedure in accordance with the one or more desired changes, wherein the one or more parameters are included within a predetermined allowable data set.

US Pat. No. 10,363,621

COMBINED MACHINING TOOL AND MACHINING METHOD USING SAME

SUGINO MACHINE LIMITED, ...

1. A combined machining tool comprising:a shank that has its rear end to be mounted on a processing machine;
a burnishing part that is arranged on the shank and burnishes an inner peripheral surface of a workpiece; and
a reaming part that is arranged in front of the burnishing part and executes reaming wherein the burnishing part comprises:
a mandrel that is fixed to the shank and has an outer peripheral surface in a tapered shape;
rollers that are arranged on the outer peripheral surface of the mandrel;
a frame that holds the rollers so as to be rollable on the outer peripheral surface of the mandrel;
an adjustment member that presses the frame axially from one end thereof to adjust its axial position with respect to the mandrel; and
an elastic member that is arranged axially on the other side of the frame to support the frame, and
wherein the reaming part comprises:
a base part that is detachably attached to either the shank or a member which is connected to the shank; and
a machining blade that is formed integrally with the base part,
wherein a hole part is formed in either the shank or the member which is connected to the shank, to have inside a tapered surface whose diameter decreases rearward, and a cylindrical part is formed in the base part so as to be fitted into the hole part, to have outside a tapered surface whose diameter decreases rearward, so that the diameter of the tapered surface of the hole part is smaller than that of the tapered surface of the cylindrical part.

US Pat. No. 10,363,620

SAW BAND INCLUDING A CHIP SEPARATOR TOOTH

1. A saw band of metal for cutting work pieces of metal, comprising:a tooth supporting body; and
a group of teeth being repeated along the tooth supporting body, the group including a first tooth and a second tooth,
the first tooth including a chamfer, two effective cutting edge portions being arranged in the region of the chamfer and a flank being connected to the chamfer,
the first tooth being designed as a positively conical tooth with a positive flank angle,
the first tooth being designed as a combined performance and surface tooth and as the tooth having the greatest height in the group,
the second tooth including a flank,
the second tooth being designed as a positively conical tooth with a positive flank angle,
the second tooth being designed as a chip separator tooth in relation to the first tooth,
the second tooth being designed and arranged such that its flank in the view from the front intersects the chamfer of the first tooth and does not overlap the flank of the first tooth, and
the first tooth including an ineffective cutting edge portion being formed between its effective cutting edge portions, the ineffective cutting edge portion being caused by the second tooth overlapping this ineffective cutting edge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,617

SURGICAL SAW MOUNT AND BLADE

De Soutter Medical Ltd, ...

1. A blade mount configured to rotationally oscillate in a plane of motion, about an axis of rotation which passes through the blade mount crossing the plane of motion at a point of rotation, said blade mount comprising: a securing portion comprising two securing faces; a locking member configured to urge a blade towards the securing portion in a first direction parallel to the plane of motion, thereby securing the blade between the locking member and the securing faces; wherein the locking member is configured to be urged into an aperture of the blade and a first inclined face of the locking member is configured to apply pressure to a lock face of the blade; and wherein the two securing faces are angled such that the planes of the securing faces intersect with each other and with the plane of motion at a point of intersection such that the point of rotation lies between the point of intersection and the securing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,616

TOOL BODY, INSERT SUPPORT MECHANISM AND CUTTING TOOL

TUNGALOY CORPORATION, Iw...

1. A tool body including an insert mounting part for removably mounting a cutting insert, wherein:the tool body includes a leading end surface and an outer side surface extending from the leading end surface to a base end side;
the insert mounting part includes an opening provided in at least one of the leading end surface and the outer side surface; and
the insert mounting part includes a base surface and a side wall surface, and second and third engagement parts which are formed in the base surface and with which the cutting insert is brought into contact, and wherein
when, as viewed from a direction facing the base surface, the base surface is divided into four areas by a first boundary which is set so as to pass through substantially a center of the base surface and to extend from the leading end surface side to the base end side, and a second boundary which is set so as to pass through substantially the center of the base surface and to be orthogonal to the first boundary,
the second engagement part is formed in the first area on the outer side surface side relative to the first boundary and on the base end side relative to the second boundary,
the third engagement part is formed in the second area on the outer side surface side relative to the first boundary and on the leading end surface side relative to the second boundary,
the tool body includes a screw hole which is formed in the base surface so as to be screwed in by a fastening screw which fixes the cutting insert,
when an intersection point between a central axis of the screw hole and a virtual plane in which the base surface extends is regarded as a center point,
substantially the center of the base surface serves as the center point, and
when viewed from the direction facing the base surface, a first distance between the second engagement part and the center point is greater than a second distance between the third engagement part and the center point.

US Pat. No. 10,363,615

PRECESSIONAL-MOTION BONE AND DENTAL DRILLING TOOLS AND BONE HARVESTING APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for harvesting bone matter, the apparatus comprising:a first canister, the first canister comprising an open cylinder with an inner diameter and an outer diameter, the open cylinder of the first canister including a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end including a coupling component configured to attach to a shank of a bone drill bit such that when the coupling component is attached to the shank of the bone drill bit: (i) the first canister is rotatable in relation to the bone drill bit and (ii) the coupling component and the first canister are fixed from moving in an axial direction along the bone drill bit; and
a second canister, the second canister comprising an open cylinder with an inner diameter and an outer diameter, the open cylinder of the second canister including a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein the first canister and the second canister are configured to slidably engage with each other such that, in a retracted configuration, a majority of one of the canisters is positioned substantially within an interior region defined by the other canister, and wherein, in an extended configuration, a majority of each of the canisters is positioned outside of the interior region defined by the other canister.

US Pat. No. 10,363,613

PIPELINE REINSTATEMENT TOOL

Hurricane Reinstatement S...

1. A reinstatement tool, comprising:a flexible shaft having a first length, a first end, and a second end;
a cutting head coupled to the first end of the flexible shaft, the cutting head including:
a hollow cylindrical member having a first end, a second end, an internal surface and an external surface; and
cutting teeth disposed on a first end of the hollow cylindrical member and extending longitudinally from the first end of the hollow cylindrical member;
a coupling assembly coupled to the second end of the flexible shaft;
a first compressible tensioner portion disposed around the flexible shaft and extending a first distance along the flexible shaft, the first compressible tensioner portion disposed proximate the cutting head, the first compressible tensioner including;
first annular connector;
an intermediate annular connector;
a second annular connector;
a first compressible element having a first spring constant disposed between the first annular connector and the intermediate annular connector; and
a second compressible element having a second spring constant disposed between the intermediate annular connector and the second annulare connector
a second compressible tensioner portion disposed around the flexible shaft and extending a second distance along the flexible shaft, the second compressible tensioner portion disposed proximate the coupling assembly; and
a flexible sleeve disposed around the flexible shaft and positioned between the first compressible tensioner portion and the second compressible tensioner portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,609

SELF-TIGHTENING ROTARY TOOL HOLDING SYSTEM

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A rotary power tool comprising:a first collar rotationally fixed with respect to an output shaft of a power tool and including a first shank receiving opening having a longitudinal axis;
a second collar rotationally movable about the longitudinal axis with respect to the output shaft and including at least one inclined outer surface; and
at least one lever pivotably connected to the first collar and rotationally movable about the longitudinal axis relative to the second collar, the at least one lever including a first end portion configured to engage the at least one inclined outer surface and a cam located at a second end portion, the cam extending into the first shank receiving opening such that upon rotation of the output shaft in a first rotational direction, the at least one inclined outer surface is forced against the first end portion thereby forcing the cam toward the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,602

METAL NANOPARTICLES, AND PREPARATION METHOD THEREFOR

KOREA RESEARCH INSTITUTE ...

1. Metal nanoparticles having a bimodal size distribution including a first peak and a second peak wherein the first peak has a smaller median size than the second peak, and satisfying the following Equation 1, wherein particles belonging to the second peak have a faceted polygonal shape having a surface consisting of a {111} plane family only or a {111} plane family and a {110} plane family wherein a tangent slope of the surface discontinuously changes and having a pure metal surface by preventing formation of an oxide film, and a metal core having a FCC crystal structure is capped by a capping layer containing an organic acid:0.4?A1/At?0.8  [Equation 1]
wherein A1 is an area of the first peak; and At is the sum of areas of the first peak and the second peak.

US Pat. No. 10,363,601

METHOD FOR THERMAL CONTROL OF CAST-IN COMPONENTS DURING MANUFACTURING

Ford Motor Company, Dear...

15. A method of forming a cast part, the method comprising:forming a mold having upper and lower portions;
placing a component having a hollow area in said lower portion;
placing an insulating material having a cavity in said area, said insulating material surrounding said component;
placing said upper portion over said lower portion to form a mold package, said upper portion being separate from said insulating material;
pouring a first portion of a molten metal into said cavity; and
pouring a second portion of said molten metal into said mold substantially around said component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,599

HOT FORMING OF COOLING GALLERIES IN STEEL PISTONS

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A method for forming a piston having a closed gallery, comprising the steps of:providing a billet of metal;
hot forging the billet, producing a first piston preform having a skirt, a piston pin boss and a crown;
hot forming the first piston preform by a combination of selectively heating and spin forming a crown portion of the first piston preform to generate a second piston preform having a flange and an undercut, separated axially by a gallery that is open in the radial direction, the gallery being opened up on the second piston preform without any loss of material;
hot bending the flange over the open gallery, generating a third piston preform having a closed gallery; and
machining the third piston preform having a closed gallery, generating a finished piston.

US Pat. No. 10,363,598

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING A GEAR TOGETHER WITH A CLAMPING MEANS

GKN Sinter Metals Enginee...

1. A method for producing a gear wheel, in particular a helical gear wheel, wherein the gear wheel is produced from a gear-wheel blank which is sintered and in which a toothing is pressed so as to be oversized, wherein the gear-wheel blank has two mutually opposite end sides and one circumference, the method comprising the following method steps:clamping the gear-wheel blank in a clamp,
compressing the gear-wheel blank in the toothing by engaging at least one revolving tool having a counter-toothing which engages in the toothing of the gear-wheel blank,
wherein the gear-wheel blank during compression thereof at both end sides is radially clamped across the circumference by the clamp,
wherein each individual tooth of the toothing of the gear-wheel blank is supported by the clamp substantially across an entire tooth height;
wherein the clamp has a toothing geometry which is identical to that of the gear-wheel blank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,597

R-? TABLE APPARATUS AND PROCESSING APPARATUS OF INTERNAL THREAD

M.H. CENTER LIMITED, Mis...

1. An R-? table apparatus comprising:a table which is provided with at least one through hole having a bearing;
a guide member which holds the table to be horizontally freely movable;
a driving apparatus which is provided with at least one action axis obliquely inserted into the bearing, and drives the action axis to be freely rotated and stopped;
an elevating base which elevates the driving apparatus;
an elevating apparatus which elevates the elevating base, and changes a position of an action point at which the action axis and the bearing are engaged with each other; and
a base which is provided with a post that guides the elevating base and the guide member, and mounts the elevating apparatus,
wherein a horizontal distance between a center line of a main axis of the driving apparatus and the action point is changed by elevating the elevating base, and the table is moved to an arbitrary position without rotating along the guide member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,589

METHOD AND PLANT FOR PRODUCING EXTRUSION BILLETS

Ulrich Bruhnke, Ehningen...

1. A method for producing profiles from magnesium or magnesium alloy scraps obtained from stamping, cutting and/or machining operations, comprising:removing the scraps from a storage unit;
filling a round compression mold with the scraps;
compressing the scraps to obtain a round briquette having a density of greater than 60%;
heating the round briquette in a furnace to a temperature above 250° C.;
introducing the heated round briquette into an extruder and, under pressure, extruding the round briquette through a first die into an extrusion billet having a density of greater than 95%, wherein the round briquette is deflected one or several times under the action of a pressing force and formed into the extrusion billet;
cutting the extrusion billet;
homogenizing the extrusion billet at a temperature above 400° C. for a predetermined time period; and
extruding the extrusion billet through a second die into a profile.

US Pat. No. 10,363,587

BRISTLE ELEMENT FOR BRUSH AND BRUSH ROLL

HOTANI CO., LTD., Kimino...

1. A brush bristle for use in a brush roll configured to scour a mill roll for rolling a metal sheet,the bristle comprising one or more monofilaments made of a thermoplastic resin containing abrasive particles,
the abrasive particles having a Vickers hardness lower than a Vickers hardness of the mill roll and higher than a Vickers hardness of the metal sheet,
the Vickers hardness of the abrasive particles being in a range of HV 80 to HV 450.

US Pat. No. 10,363,581

AUTOMATIC DISTRIBUTING EQUIPMENT

Tyco Electronics (Shangha...

1. An automatic distributor, comprising:a base;
a component storage device further comprising: a first support seat mounted on the base, a support tray having a substantially circular shape mounted on the first support seat configured to hold a plurality of components thereon receiving differing components thereon and a first motor mounted on the first support seat, the first motor configured to drive the support tray to rotate;
a component recognition device which generates a recognition result;
a controller to receive the recognition result and analyze the recognition result; and
a pickup device controlled by the controller to pick up the components based on the recognition result analysis of the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,578

SYSTEM, APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING MATERIALS USING A SCREEN BED AND VACUUM

TAV HOLDINGS, INC., Alta...

1. An apparatus for separating a mixture of solid materials, comprising: a) a screening bed that mechanically separates the mixture, the mixture including a first solid material, a second solid material, and a third material; b) an expansion chamber in gaseous communication with the screening bed, the expansion chamber receiving the second solid material, the second solid material being transferred to the expansion chamber by an air flow; c) a filter in gaseous communication with the expansion chamber, the filter receives air containing residual material from the expansion chamber, the filter further filters the residual material from the air; and d) an air flow producer in fluid communication with the filter, the air flow producing device producing an air flow directed from the screening bed to the air flow producer, wherein the screening bed includes a plurality of shafts having star-shaped agitators and the air flow is a vacuum from the screening bed through pathway, wherein the shafts have bearings that works together with glide elements along the rails so to allow the shafts to move along the rails.

US Pat. No. 10,363,576

SCREENING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SEPARATING DRY GRANULAR MATERIAL

Oijense Bovendijk B.V., ...

1. A screening device configured for separating dry granular material into a fine fraction and a coarse fraction, said device comprising:a drum screen defined by a substantially open frame that is rotatable about an axis of rotation that extends at least substantially parallel to a central axis of the drum screen, which frame defines a circumferential wall, and a screen arranged over the circumferential wall of the frame, which screen has a mesh width that ranges at least substantially between a maximum grain size of grains for the fine fraction and a minimum grain size of grains for the coarse fraction,
a driving device by means of which the drum screen is rotatably driven about the axis of rotation in use,
a feed opening at a short end of the drum screen, through which dry granular material to be separated is supplied in use, and
a discharge opening at the opposite short end of the drum screen, through which the coarse fraction of screened material is discharged in use, and
a vibration device which rotates along with the drum screen, which vibration device comprises one or more vibrating elements mounted directly onto the drum screen, which set the drum screen vibrating in use,
wherein the vibration device is configured to vibrate at a frequency in the ultrasonic range.

US Pat. No. 10,363,575

VIBRATION MOTOR WITH BASE PORTION INCLUDING FIRST AND SECOND PLATE PORTIONS

NIDEC SEIMITSU CORPORATIO...

1. A vibration motor comprising:a base portion arranged to extend perpendicularly to a central axis extending in a vertical direction;
a cover portion arranged above the base portion, and fixed to an outer edge portion of the base portion;
a shaft arranged to extend along the central axis, and having an end portion or portions supported by at least one of the base portion and the cover portion;
a rotor holder arranged around the shaft to be rotatable about the central axis;
a magnet portion including a plurality of magnetic poles, and attached to the rotor holder;
an eccentric weight attached to the rotor holder;
a circuit board arranged above the base portion; and
a coil portion attached onto the circuit board, and arranged vertically opposite to the magnet portion with a space therebetween; wherein
the base portion includes:
a first plate including a first plate recessed portion in an upper surface thereof; and
a second plate arranged in the first plate recessed portion, and fixed to the first plate;
one of the first and second plates is made of a magnetic metal, while another one of the first and second plates is made of a nonmagnetic metal;
an upper surface of the second plate is arranged at a same level as that of a portion of the upper surface of the first plate which lies adjacent to and along the first plate recessed portion; and
the second plate includes:
an annular second plate support portion centered on the central axis; and
a plurality of second plate projecting portions arranged to project radially inward from the second plate support portion, and arranged in a circumferential direction at a position vertically opposed to the magnet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,565

PORTABLE CYCLONE DUST SEPARATOR AND CORRESPONDING DEDUSTING SYSTEM

BOSCH POWER TOOLS (CHINA)...

1. A portable cyclone dust separator comprising:a first stage cyclone separation unit having an intake for suctioning air to be dedusted, the air suctioned through the intake rotating around a first rotational axis in the first stage cyclone separation unit; and
a second stage cyclone separation unit having an air inlet, the air inlet being configured to be adapted to suction the air, which needs to be dedusted secondarily by the second stage cyclone separation unit, from the first stage cyclone separation unit, the air suctioned through the air inlet rotating around at least one second rotational axis in the second stage cyclone separation unit, wherein the first rotational axis is disposed to be nonparallel to the second rotational axis,
wherein:
the second stage cyclone separation unit has at least one second stage cyclone structure,
the second stage cyclone separation unit further comprises an air outlet unit that coaxially extends into the second stage cyclone structure,
the first stage cyclone separation unit has a first stage cyclone structure, the intake is configured to be adapted to tangentially direct the air to be dedusted into the first stage cyclone structure,
the second stage cyclone separation unit has at least one second stage cyclone cylinder, a larger end of which is connected to the corresponding second stage cyclone structure;
the second stage cyclone structure is configured to be adapted to generate a rotating airflow in the corresponding second stage cyclone cylinder; and
a prefilter is arranged in the intake.

US Pat. No. 10,363,554

METHOD FOR REGENERATING CATALYST

GEESCO CO., LTD., Yongin...

1. A method for regenerating a catalyst, comprising:spraying steam to a spent catalyst; and
spraying dry ice particles to the spent catalyst,
wherein the surface temperature of the spent catalyst is 25° C. to 50° C.,
wherein the temperature of the steam is 100° C. to 500° C.,
wherein the amount of the sprayed steam is 300 cc/min to 1200 cc/min,
wherein in the spraying of steam to the spent catalyst, a liquid material is dispersed on the surface of the spent catalyst,
wherein in the spraying of dry ice particles to the spent catalyst, the liquid material dispersed on the surface of the spent catalyst is frozen, and the dry ice particles are ground,
wherein, when the liquid material dispersed on the surface of the spent catalyst is frozen, cracks are formed in the poison included in the spent catalyst,
wherein a decrease rate of the weight ratio of a poison to active components in the catalyst before and after the regeneration, according to the following Equation 1, is 30% to 90%;
Decrease rate of the weight ratio of poison to the active components in the catalyst before and after regeneration (%)=(the weight ratio of poison to active components before regeneration?the weight ratio of poison to active components after regeneration)/the weight ratio of poison to active components before regeneration*100,  [Equation1]
wherein the spent catalyst comprises a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst.

US Pat. No. 10,363,542

MULTI-STAGE SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING HYDROCARBON FUELS

H Quest Partners, LP, Pi...

1. A method for converting hydrocarbon materials into a product, comprising:receiving, in a first reaction chamber, a hydrocarbon feedstock;
receiving, in the first reaction chamber, a process gas;
operating a first energy generator to deliver a first type of energy into the first reaction chamber;
forming, in the first reaction chamber, a first set of plasma discharge conditions in the presence of the first type of energy delivered into the first reaction chamber;
converting, in the first reaction chamber, the hydrocarbon feedstock into an intermediate product for delivery to a second reaction chamber, wherein a first processing time associated with the conversion of the hydrocarbon feedstock into the intermediate product is 0.008-600 seconds;
delivering the intermediate product to the second reaction chamber;
operating a second energy generator to deliver a second type of energy into the second reaction chamber, wherein one of the first type of energy or the second type of energy comprises microwave energy and the other of the first type of energy or the second type of energy is a type of energy other than microwave energy;
forming, in the second reaction chamber, a second set of plasma discharge conditions in the presence of the second type of energy delivered into the second reaction chamber; and
converting, in the second reaction chamber, the intermediate product into a final product, wherein a second processing time associated with the conversion of the intermediate product into the final product is 0.008-600 seconds.

US Pat. No. 10,363,540

PRODUCTION APPARATUS AND PRODUCTION METHOD FOR FINE PARTICLES

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

9. A method for producing fine particles comprising:supplying a gas to a vacuum chamber and supplying the gas into an outside space between a wall of the vacuum chamber and a wall of an inner chamber which is arranged between the wall of the vacuum chamber and a plasma generation region;
generating thermal plasma in the plasma generation region in a space inside the inner chamber by electrodes installed in the vacuum chamber;
feeding material particles to the vacuum chamber to be evaporated or gasified when the fed material particles passes through the generation region of the generated thermal plasma to thereby obtain a material gas; and
cooling the material gas rapidly at a moment when the material gas passes through the region of thermal plasma to thereby generate fine particles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,539

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLED MANUFACTURING OF MONO-DISPERSE MICROBUBBLES

Tide Microfluidics B.V., ...

1. A system for controlled manufacturing of microbubbles, comprising:a microbubble generation unit having a first inlet for receiving a dispersed phase fluid, a second inlet for receiving a continuous phase fluid, and a bubble formation channel in which microbubbles are generated using the received dispersed phase fluid and the received continuous phase fluid, wherein the bubble formation channel has a width in the range of 15-35 micrometer, and a height in the range of 10-30 micrometer;
a liquid pressurization unit having an inlet for receiving a second pressure regulated gaseous medium from a source of said second pressure regulated gaseous medium and being configured for outputting a flow of a pressurized liquid to the second inlet of the microbubble generation unit in dependence of a flow and/or pressure of the received second pressure regulated gaseous medium, wherein the first inlet of the microbubble generation unit is connected to a source of a first pressure regulated gaseous medium;
a first release valve unit arranged in between the source of the first pressure regulated gaseous medium and the first inlet of the microbubble generation unit and being configured for releasing the first pressure regulated gaseous medium;
a second release valve unit arranged in between the source of the second pressure regulated gaseous medium and the inlet of the liquid pressurization unit and being configured for releasing the second pressure regulated gaseous medium; and
a control unit for controlling the first and second release valves in dependence of a comparison between a pressure of the first pressure regulated gaseous medium and a first pressure setting and between a pressure of the second pressure regulated gaseous medium and a second pressure setting, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,363,533

DOUBLE ZONE TUBULAR REACTOR AND METHOD FOR CARRYING OUT MALEIC ANHYDRIDE PRODUCTION BY N-BUTANE OXIDATION

Technobell d.o.o. Koper, ...

1. A tubular reactor for carrying out exothermic oxidation gaseous reactions to produce maleic anhydride from a gas mixture containing n-butane and oxygen comprising:a first reaction zone comprising an inlet for said gas mixture and a second reaction zone comprising an outlet for a reaction gas mixture containing maleic anhydride, wherein the first reaction zone precedes the second reaction zone in a direction of flow of the gas mixture,
a plurality of tubes extending in an axial direction through said first and second reaction zones and communicatively connected with said inlet and said outlet with respective first and second ends thereof;
a temperature control system configured for controlling a reaction temperature in each of the reaction zones independently, wherein the temperature control system comprises:
a heat transfer system for each of the reaction zones configured for controlling the temperature of a liquid coolant flowing through one of the reaction zones; and;
a circulation pumping system configured for controlling flow conditions of the liquid coolant flowing through the reactor and through one of the heat transfer systems; and
a preheating arrangement configured for preheating the gas mixture such that the gas mixture enters the first reaction zone at a predefined inlet temperature;wherein the axial length of the tubes within said first reaction zone corresponds to between 30% and 45% of the total length covered by the tubes within said first and second reaction zones; under the proviso that the inlet temperature and the proportions of the length of the tubes arranged in said first and second reaction zones are such that a total heat generated by the exothermic reactions inside the first reaction zone is equal or larger than an amount of heat required for preheating the gas mixture to the predefined inlet temperature, and wherein the liquid coolant flows within at least one reaction zone at a flowing velocity that decreases along the direction of flow of the gas mixture.

US Pat. No. 10,363,512

FILTER CYLINDER HAVING DUST CLEANING DEVICE OF DUST COLLECTOR

SAN FORD MACHINERY CO., L...

1. A filter device for a dust collector, the filter device comprising a cylindrical outer frame and a cylindrical high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter provided inside the cylindrical outer frame, wherein an outer peripheral wall of the cylindrical HEPA filter is formed with a plurality of zigzag edges, and wherein an inner peripheral wall of the cylindrical HEPA filter is formed with first zigzag tips corresponding to the zigzag edges, and wherein the filter device further comprises a cleaning device axially provided in the interior of the cylindrical HEPA filter, and wherein the cleaning device includes a guide rod and a bracket, and wherein two ends of the bracket are each provided with a flap member, and wherein an upper end of the guide rod is provided with a handle, and wherein the cleaning device is operable to be driven to rotate in the interior of the cylindrical HEPA filter by the handle, characterized by that:at least one collar is disposed on the inner peripheral wall of the cylindrical HEPA filter, wherein the at least one collar corresponds in position to the flap members, and wherein the at least one collar is formed with second zigzag tips corresponding to and attached to the first zigzag tips, one end of the each of the flap members being located between two of the second zigzag tips, and
wherein when the guide rod is rotated by the handle, the flap members are rotated to flap the collar and further to vibrate the cylindrical HEPA filter so that dust adsorbed to the cylindrical HEPA filter drops from the cylindrical HEPA filter, and
wherein the at least one collar is made of resilient anti-abrasive paper.

US Pat. No. 10,363,511

DUST COLLECTOR PROVIDED WITH A SHUNT GUIDE PLATE

SAN FORD MACHINERY CO., L...

1. A dust collector provided with a shunt guide plate comprising a main body, said main body having an upper side provided with an induced draft device, said main body communicating with an air intake, a first air outlet and a second air outlet, said first air outlet connected with a filter drum, said second air outlet connected with a cover plate, said cover plate bored with an insert hole corresponding to said second air outlet, said cover plate having an underside connected with a dust collecting barrel, and characterized bya guide plate provided under said cover plate, said guide plate stretched across said insert hole of said cover plate;
Thus, said induced draft device started to have airflow with dust absorbed into said main body, airflow stopped by said guide plate when the airflow passes through said insert hole of said cover plate, the airflow forced to pass through two sides of said guide plate to form a shunt effect.

US Pat. No. 10,363,497

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLED DELIVERY OF PROCESS GASES

RASIRC, Inc., San Diego,...

1. A process gas delivery device, comprising:(a) a housing comprising a heater in thermal contact with a liquid source, wherein the liquid source comprises at least one process chemical and a solvent;
(b) a first inlet port of the housing configured to continuously flow the liquid source into the housing;
(c) a first outlet port of the housing configured the continuously flow a liquid waste stream out of the housing;
(d) controller configured for controlling the temperature of the heater;
(e) a second inlet port of the housing configured to continuously flow a carrier gas into a head space of the housing; and
(f) a second outlet port of the housing configured to continuously flow a mixed gas stream comprising the carrier gas and the at least one component of the liquid source in the vapor phase out of the housing,wherein the device is configured to deliver a substantially constant mass flow rate of the at least one component in the mixed gas stream.

US Pat. No. 10,363,493

WASTEWATER EVAPORATION APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Logic Energy Solutions LL...

1. A wastewater evaporation system comprising:an evaporator system having a first blower adapted to blow air, a burner adapted to produce hot combustion gases, and an evaporator adapted to produce solids from wastewater wherein said blower is connected to said burner by providing air thereto and said burner is connected to said evaporator by providing hot combustion gases thereto and wherein said evaporator includes a first outlet for passing water vapor and combustion gases out of said evaporator via a conduit;
a containment tank for receiving said solids and unevaporated portion of said wastewater from said evaporator;
a staging tank having a first inlet for receiving said wastewater, a second inlet to receive said air from said first blower to sparge said wastewater, a third inlet to receive said hot combustion gases from said burner to heat said wastewater, a fourth inlet to receive hot water overflow from said evaporator, a fifth inlet adapted to receive free water from said containment tank, a first outlet for sending stripped water to said evaporator, and a second outlet having a second blower for sending laden vapor from said staging tank.

US Pat. No. 10,363,486

SMART VIDEO GAME BOARD SYSTEM AND METHODS

Pixel Press Technology, L...

1. A game system comprising:a game board comprising;
a grid of recesses;
an antenna array comprising a plurality of coils, each coil in said plurality associated with a recess in said arid of recesses; and
a control unit communicatively coupled to said antenna array and configured to, for each said coil in sequence:
energize said each coil;
interrogate, using said each coil, said recess associated therewith for the presence of a radio-frequency identification tag in said recess;
receive signals indicative of an identifier associated with a radio-frequency identification tag in said associated recess and a location of said associated recess in said grid; and,
deenergize said each coil; and
a non-transitory computer-readable medium having computer-readable instructions stored thereon which, when executed by a microprocessor, perform the steps of:
receiving said identifier and said location;
translating said identifier to a functional video game element corresponding to said identifier; and
generating a video game level which, when rendered as a playable video game, implements said functional video game element at a location in said playable video game corresponding to said location of said recess in said grid.

US Pat. No. 10,363,473

GROUP EXERCISE PROGRAM UTILIZING FREE WEIGHT, MACHINE FITNESS ACCESSORY AND BODY MOVEMENT EXERCISE COMBINATION

Millennium Fitness LTD, ...

1. A group exercise method for machine cable and pulley resistance, free weight machine, non-machine free weight, non-cable body movement machine, fitness accessory, non-fitness accessory and cardiovascular training exercises for a plurality of members of a group comprising the steps of:providing at least two convertible weight lifting exercise machines and hand weights and a hand weight storage apparatus located near the at least two convertible weight lifting exercise machines, wherein the at least two machines each have a vertical frame and a bench selectively attached thereto, each bench adapted to rest on a floor and convertible to an up and out of the way position adjacent the vertical frame, each machine having a single dedicated overhead pulley and cable system to transfer resistance provided by lifting at least one of a carrier and mountable hand weights during pull down machine cable exercises and having a single dedicated lower pulley and cable system to transfer the resistance provided by lifting at least one of the carrier and mountable hand weights during pull up machine exercises;
choreographing both machine exercises that make use of the at least two machines and free weight exercises to be performed by members of the group;
providing instruction or supervision to the plurality of members of the group to perform the machine exercises and free weight exercises, wherein instruction or supervision includes observing each individual member of the plurality of members of the group to ascertain an individual member's fitness needs; and
adapting at least the machine configuration of at least one of the at least two machines to differ relative to another of the at least two machines to individualize the machine exercises for the individual member of the group when performed based upon the observing of the individual member's fitness needs, wherein adapting includes reconfiguring one or more of the at least two machines relative to others of the at least two machines to change one or more of a position of the bench, a handle utilized by the individual member, a hand position of the individual member on the handle, a type of exercise performed by the individual member and an angle of the exercise performed by the individual member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,471

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING SPEED OF MOVING DEVICE

ShenZhen Coollang Cloud C...

1. A method for measuring a speed of a sports device, comprising:acquiring, by a sensor disposed at a bottom of the sports device, movement data of the sports device during a process of tracking the sports device;
transmitting the movement data wirelessly to a terminal;
calculating, by the terminal, a linear speed and a tangential speed of rotational movement of the sports device based on accelerations of three axes in the movement data; and
combining, by the terminal, the linear speed and the tangential speed of the rotational movement to obtain a movement speed of the sports device,
wherein the accelerations of three axes comprises an acceleration of Z axis, an acceleration of X axis, and an acceleration of Y axis, and the Z axis is parallel to a length direction of the sports device, and the X axis and the Y axis are perpendicular to the Z axis,
wherein the linear speed is obtained from the acceleration of X axis and the acceleration of Y axis, and the tangential speed of the rotational movement is obtained from the acceleration of Z axis, and
wherein the linear speed and the tangential speed of the rotational movement is combined to obtain the movement speed of the sports device by:
v=nv1+mvn
where v denotes the movement speed of the sports device, V1 denotes the linear speed, Vn denotes the tangential speed of the rotational movement, n and m respectively denote a weight, and n+m=1.

US Pat. No. 10,363,470

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS HAVING A PLURALITY OF SENSORS FOR DETECTING ONE OR MORE SWING PARAMETERS

NIKE Inc., Beaverton, OR...

1. An inertial measurement unit, comprising:an output device;
an accelerometer;
a gyroscope; and
a non-transitory, computer-readable medium comprising computer-executable instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause a computer device to perform at least:
receive sensor data between a first time instant and a second time instant from the accelerometer and the gyroscope coupled to an object in motion;
extract an acceleration measurement and an angular rate measurement from the sensor data;
construct a system of motion equations, utilizing an unknown input observer, which compensates for gyroscope bias resulting from physical hardware of the gyroscope, for the object in motion;
calculate an estimated output error using the received sensor data;
input the estimated output error into a system of motion equations for the object in motion;
solve the system of motion equations;
output functions for an input force, an input torque, a roll angle, and a pitch angle from the solved system of motion equations; and
calculate a series of positions of the object in motion between the first time instant and the second time instant using the output functions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,456

PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR USE BY A SWIMMER

PROPULSE, LLC, Deerfield...

1. An underwater propulsion system comprising:a sleeve securable about a forearm of a user;
a propulsion unit pivotably secured to the sleeve about a pivot axis, the propulsion unit providing a hydrodynamic thrust in a thrust direction, wherein the thrust direction is orthogonal to the pivot axis;
a power supply unit providing electrical power to the propulsion unit; and
a control handle coupled to the propulsion unit for manipulation by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,363,450

LOW FRICTION REHABILITATION BOARD WITH AN INTEGRAL BAND RETAINING FEATURE AND METHODS OF REHABILITATION

P.T. ROM AND ASSOCIATES L...

1. A portable rehabilitation board system comprising:a rehabilitation board consisting essentially of polymer comprising:
a length of no more than 1.5 m from a first end to a second end;
a width from a first side to a second side;
wherein the rehabilitation board is substantially rectangular in shape having four corners;
a thickness;
a top working surface of the rehabilitation board having a static coefficient of friction with itself of no more than about 0.25 according to ASTM 1894;
wherein the static coefficient of friction is effectively low to enable a user's limb to slide easily across the working surface;
a non-slip material configured on a bottom surface, opposite the working surface, of the rehabilitation board;
a band plug retainer configured proximal an edge of the rehabilitation board and comprising a tapered aperture through the thickness of the rehabilitation board from a larger bottom surface opening, on the bottom surface of the rehabilitation board, to a smaller working surface opening, on the working surface of the rehabilitation board,
a resistance band assembly comprising:
an elastomeric resistance band having a length from a fixed end to an extended end;
a tapered band-plug having an enlarged plug dimension at a plug-end that tapers to a smaller dimension at a band-end of the tapered band-plug;
wherein the fixed end of the resistance band is coupled to the tapered band-plug; and
wherein the tapered band-plug is retained in the tapered aperture of the band plug retainer with the band end proximal the working surface and the resistance band extending from the tapered plug toward the working surface of the rehabilitation board;
wherein the rehabilitation board is portable having a size such that it may be easily carried by a single individual.

US Pat. No. 10,363,444

SELF-ADJUSTING FIRESTOPPING SLEEVE APPARATUS

Specified Technologies In...

1. A self-adjusting firestopping sleeve apparatus positionable through an aperture in a construction barrier for a penetrating member to extend therethrough, comprising:a first firestopping pad comprised of a first pad resilient foam including a pad intumescent component, the first firestopping pad having a first convex surface;
a first projecting block comprised of a first block resilient foam including a block intumescent component and attached to the first convex surface of the first firestopping pad, the first projecting block has a first contact surface spaced from the first convex surface of the first firestopping pad;
a second firestopping pad comprised of a second pad resilient foam including the pad intumescent component, the first firestopping pad having a second convex surface;
a second projecting block comprised of a second block resilient foam including the block intumescent component and attached to the second convex surface of the second firestopping pad, the second projecting block has a second contact surface spaced from the second convex surface of the second firestopping pad;
the first and second firestopping pads are configured to be positioned with the first convex surface and the second convex surface facing opposite one another such that the first and second contact surfaces are in contact to form a sealing abutment seam;
wherein the first and second projecting blocks are configured to facilitate compression and sealing at the sealing abutment seam.

US Pat. No. 10,363,443

PASSIVE DUCTWORK INTUMESCENT FIRE DAMPER

Superposed Associates LLC...

1. A passive intumescent fire damper for closing off an air stream in the event of a fire comprising a sheet metal box comprising a bottom wall, a top wall, a back wall and side walls and an assembly adapted to fit into said sheet metal box comprising an intumescent comprising a back wall and a top wall wherein said back wall is adapted to fit adjacent to said back wall of said sheet metal box, a sheet metal comb comprising a base and a plurality of teeth extending upwardly from said base wherein said base is adapted to fit adjacent to said bottom wall of said sheet metal box, and a plastic liner having a top wall, a bottom wall and side walls and adapted to surround said sheet metal comb and said top wall of said plastic liner is adapted to seat adjacent to said top wall of said intumescent.

US Pat. No. 10,363,441

RESPIRATOR MASK FOR CBRN OR OTHER PROTECTION

AIRBOSS ENGINEERED PRODUC...

1. A respirator mask for protecting a wearer against inhalation of noxious agents, the respirator mask comprising:a facepiece;
a visor connected to the facepiece; and
a filter mount for mounting a filter to the respirator mask, the filter mount allowing a plurality of different types of filters to be mounted to the filter mount,
wherein the different types of filters include (1) a threaded filter that is screwable into the filter mount and (2) a threadless filter that is mountable to the filter mount without being screwed into the filter mount.

US Pat. No. 10,363,440

LINE-FOCUSED ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER AND HIGH-INTENSITY LINE FOCUSED ULTRASOUND GENERATOR INCLUDING SAME

KORUST CO., LTD., Anyang...

1. A high intensity line-focused ultrasound generation device which focuses in a line shape comprising:a housing which is filled with an ultrasound transmitting material;
a line-focused ultrasound transducer which is provided within the housing to be movable;
a driving unit moving the line-focused ultrasound transducer;
a grip which is provided to the housing to be able to be coupled and decoupled; and
a slider one end of which is connected to the line-focused ultrasound transducer and the other end of which is connected to the driving unit to be able to be coupled and decoupled; and
a position detecting part which detects a position of the line-focused ultrasound transducer,
wherein the position detecting part comprises:
a first position hole which is formed at a portion of an end of the slider which is disposed within the grip with reference to an initial state in which the slider is completely pulled by the driving unit;
a proximate sensor which is provided to the grip in correspondence with the first position hole to detect the first position hole; and
a second position hole which is formed at a portion of the other end of the slider which is disposed within the grip such that the slider is detected by the proximate sensor in case that the slider is unintentionally separated from the driving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,436

RADIOTHERAPY APPARATUS USING INERTIAL CHARACTERISTICS FOR DELIVERY PLANNING

ELEKTA AG (PUBL), Stockh...

1. A delivery control system for a radiotherapy apparatus, the delivery control system comprising:a processor, at least one data store, and a program stored in the data store, wherein the program, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to:
receive a treatment plan;
receive inertial characteristics of a plurality of delivery elements of the radiotherapy apparatus;
produce a delivery plan corresponding to the treatment plan based on the inertial characteristics, wherein the delivery plan matches acceleration or deceleration phases of the plurality of delivery elements so that the plurality of delivery elements move in synchrony during the acceleration phases or during the deceleration phases, wherein the plurality of delivery elements start acceleration or deceleration and stop acceleration or deceleration at substantially the same time; and
transmit at least part of the delivery plan to the plurality of delivery elements.

US Pat. No. 10,363,432

SCALP-HAIR THERAPY SYSTEM

Theradome, Inc., Pleasan...

1. A low-level laser-light scalp-hair therapy device, comprising:a plastic helmet having on its interior a plurality of laser diode arrays mounted such as to generally direct a number of monochromatic and coherent therapeutic lights across the scalp of a user wearing it;
a rechargeable battery and an operational status display that are mounted together with a master-switch, and which are all disposed within the plastic helmet;
a controller connected to operate the plurality of laser diode arrays according to predefined therapeutic profiles and sessions, and that maintains an operational status and log with a microcontroller;
a proximity sensor positioned as a user scalp presence detector, and connected to the controller to shut off power from the rechargeable battery to the plurality of laser diode arrays if the user scalp is not then detected as being proximate;
at least one temperature sensor connected to the controller and connected to shut off battery power to the plurality of laser diode arrays if a particular part or area of the therapy device exceeds a predefined temperature;
a speech synthesizer and a loudspeaker connected to the controller to audibly speak instructions and the operational status of the device to the user in a spoken language; and
a wireless transceiver for Internet communication with a centralized server, and connected to exchange status and operational data with the controller.

US Pat. No. 10,363,414

COMBINED BLADDER SCANNER AND (FUNCTIONAL) INTERFERENTIAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION DEVICE

Feinstein Patents, LLC, ...

1. A device for assisting a patient suffering from a condition that inhibits the patient from achieving spontaneous and controlled micturition, said device comprising:a controller;
a stimulation power supply in communication with said controller;
a sensor providing sensor feedback to said controller, said sensor feedback indicative of a level of fullness of a bladder of the patient;
a plurality of electrodes in electrical communication with said stimulation power supply, said plurality of electrodes comprising at least one electrode disposed on an epidermis of the patient and arranged to supply transcutaneous electrical impulses that cause contraction of the bladder when supplied power by said stimulation power supply and at least one electrode disposed on an epidermis of the patient and arranged to supply transcutaneous electrical impulses that cause relaxation of a urinary sphincter of the patient when supplied power by said stimulation power supply; and
wherein said controller causes said stimulation power supply to supply power to the plurality of electrodes in response to a determination being made that the level of fullness of the bladder has exceeded a threshold level, thereby causing said plurality of electrodes to supply the transcutaneous electrical impulses in order to trigger micturition.

US Pat. No. 10,363,396

BIOLOGICAL NAVIGATION DEVICE

LOMA VISTA MEDICAL, INC.,...

1. A device for navigation through a biological lumen comprising:a propulsion device comprising an extendable actuator, an anchor, and an anchor support radially interior to the anchor, wherein the actuator is distal to the anchor; and
an endoluminal tool attached to the actuator;
wherein the anchor support is annular in shape with a conical proximal entry and fits at least partially over the endoluminal tool.

US Pat. No. 10,363,394

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING OR PREVENTING BACKFLOW IN A DELIVERY SYSTEM

Alcyone Lifesciences, Inc...

1. A method of delivering a therapeutic agent to a patient, comprising:advancing a fluid conduit and a first outer sheath disposed therearound into tissue to compress tissue into a first tissue-receiving space defined between an exterior surface of the fluid conduit having a substantially rectangular cross-sectional shape and an interior surface of a distal end of the first outer sheath having a substantially circular cross-sectional shape; and
delivering fluid containing a therapeutic agent under positive pressure through the fluid conduit and into a portion of tissue adjacent to a distal end of the fluid conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,393

MICROCATHETER WITH DISTAL TIP PORTION AND PROXIMAL SOLUTION LUMEN

THERMOPEUTIX INC., San D...

1. A method for crossing an occlusion in a vessel, the method comprising:advancing a retrograde guidewire through a flow-portion of the vessel from a retrograde direction;
advancing an antegrade guidewire into the vessel from an antegrade direction;
advancing a catheter over the antegrade guidewire, the catheter including a compliant balloon positioned at a catheter distal end;
removing said antegrade guidewire from said catheter;
inflating said compliant balloon;
forming the compliant balloon into a funnel shape within the vessel by pulling said catheter proximally; and
advancing said retrograde guidewire through said compliant balloon and into said catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,363,392

DEFLECTABLE GUIDE

Ancora Heart, Inc., Sant...

1. A method for accessing a cardiac region of a patient, comprising:advancing a guide catheter from a peripheral vascular site in a retrograde direction through an aorta into a left ventricle, the guide catheter comprising a tubular body comprising a proximal section and a distal section, the distal section comprising a deformation zone, a curved pre-deformation section proximal to the deformation zone and a curved post-deformation section distal to the deformation zone, wherein the deformation zone has a proximal end, a distal end, a longitudinal length and a longitudinal axis therebetween, a first constricting portion, a second constricting portion and a compressible portion in alternating configuration with the first and second constricting portions along the longitudinal axis, wherein the first and second constricting portions have a higher hardness and the compressible portion has a lower hardness and wherein the guide catheter further comprises a pull member coupled to a pull structure that is located in the post-deformation section;
steering the guide catheter into a subvalvular region adjacent mitral valve leaflets by pulling the pull member to bend the catheter such that the first and second constricting portions compress the compressible portion therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,363,389

MICRO-FABRICATED GUIDEWIRE DEVICES HAVING VARYING DIAMETERS

Scientia Vascular, LLC, ...

1. A guidewire device comprising:an elongated outer member including
a proximal portion,
a distal portion having an outer surface, an interior surface, and a plurality of radially extending resultant rings and longitudinally extending resultant beams formed between fenestrations on opposing sides of said elongated outer member, the fenestrations having a depth extending between the outer surface and interior surface,
wherein an outer diameter of said distal portion of the elongated outer member is larger than an outer diameter of said proximal portion of the elongated outer member and a length of the distal portion is up to 20% of a full length of the guidewire device;
a monolithic elastomeric filling material fully encapsulating said distal portion, including encapsulating the outer surface of the distal portion, and the same monolithic elastomeric filling material completely filling said fenestrations, including filling the depths of the fenestrations, to thereby establish fluid integrity in the elongated outer member; and
an inner member disposed within at least a portion of said lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,386

PATIENT INTERFACE DEVICE

RIC INVESTMENTS LLC, Wil...

1. A patient interface device, comprising:a support member sized and configured to span at least a portion of a patient's face while remaining below the patient's eyes responsive to the patient interface device being donned by such a patient, the support member being a single-piece unitary member and having a coupling portion configured to continuously span from a first side of a patient's face on a first side of the patient's nose to a second, opposite side of the patient's face on a second, opposite side of the patient's nose responsive to the patient interface device being donned by such a patient;
a sealing assembly operatively coupled to the support member at the coupling portion in a manner wherein the sealing assembly is rotatable relative to the support member about a longitudinal axis of the coupling portion and slideable relative to the support member along the longitudinal axis of the coupling portion while remaining in fluid communication with an interior of the support member, wherein the support member defines a gas carrying conduit adapted to carry a flow of gas to the sealing assembly; and
a pair of patient contacting members, each contacting member adjustably coupled to the support member at a location on the support member positioned to overlie a respective zygomatic bone of the patient when the patient interface device is donned by the patient,
wherein each contacting member of the pair of contacting members comprises a pad support adjustably coupled to the support member and a pad attached to the pad support opposite the support member, and
wherein the pad is structured to engage the respective zygomatic bone of the patient when the patient interface device is donned by the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,363,381

MEDICAL INFUSION FLUID HEAT EXCHANGE APPARATUS AND WARMING SYSTEMS

Smiths Medical Internatio...

1. Medical infusion fluid heat exchange apparatus for warming medical infusion fluid, characterized in that the apparatus includes an elongate heat pipe of the kind containing a working fluid that operates using phase transition between a vapour and a liquid, a heat source mounted in thermal contact at one end of the heat pipe and an infusion fluid flow path extending along and around the outside of the heat pipe in thermal contact with the heat pipe, and that the heat source transfers heat to the heat pipe and the heat pipe transfers heat to the fluid flowing along the flow path, wherein the fluid flow path along the heat pipe has a length exceeding the length of the heat pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,363,375

PRE-FILLED INJECTION DEVICE

OROFINO PHARMACEUTICALS G...

12. A pre-filled injection device, comprising:a tubular containment body extending between a first opening and a second opening, inside which a first containment chamber and a second containment chamber are defined, which are hermetically separated from one another;
a first solid or liquid substance, contained in the first containment chamber;
a first plug and a second plug, arranged inside the tubular body so as to define therebetween in the tubular body the second containment chamber, and adapted to slide inside the tubular body;
a second liquid substance, contained inside the second containment chamber to be mixed inside the tubular body with the first substance for reconstitution of an injectable solution;
a dosing reservoir separated from the first containment chamber, the dosing reservoir having an inlet opening and an outlet opening, the inlet opening being in communication with the first containment chamber so that the first containment chamber extends between the first plug and the inlet opening of the dosing reservoir;
the dosing reservoir being adapted to contain a fraction of said injectable solution and isolate said fraction from a second solution fraction of injectable solution contained in the first containment chamber;
the first plug comprises a projecting appendix adapted to pass through the inlet opening of the dosing reservoir and to enter the dosing reservoir to eject said isolated fraction of solution from the dosing reservoir;
wherein the projecting appendix has a first maximum width and a remaining portion of the first plug has a second maximum width; wherein the first maximum width is less than the second maximum width.

US Pat. No. 10,363,374

MULTI-DOSE DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

INSULET CORPORATION, Act...

1. A drug delivery device for delivering a liquid drug to a patient over two or more doses, comprising:a drug container configured to store the liquid drug, a first end of the drug container sealed by a plunger;
a needle conduit coupled to the plunger;
a needle insertion component coupled to the needle conduit; and
a drive component coupled to the plunger, the drive component comprising a dosing wheel and a plurality of spheres,
wherein the dosing wheel comprises a hub and a plurality of radially extending arms,
wherein at least one radially extending arm of the plurality of radially extending arms is positioned between adjacent spheres of the plurality of spheres,
wherein a rotation of the dosing wheel in a first direction advances the plurality of spheres toward the plunger, and
wherein the plurality of spheres are configured to apply a force to the plunger to move the plunger toward a second end of the drug container to expel the liquid drug out of the drug container through the first end into the needle conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,363,372

PLUNGER FOR DRUG DELIVERY DEVICE

INSULET CORPORATION, Act...

1. A plunger system, comprising:a collapsible plunger;
a push rod coupled to the plunger;
a drive spring positioned around the push rod; and
a needle conduit positioned through the push rod,
the collapsible plunger comprising a front surface, a back surface, and a cavity extending into the plunger and surrounded by the back surface, wherein the cavity forms an internal portion of the collapsible plunger, wherein a radial torsion spring is positioned in the cavity of the collapsible plunger.

US Pat. No. 10,363,369

AMPOULE WITH DUAL LUER FITTING

Weiler Engineering, Inc.,...

1. A hermetically sealed container of a thermoplastic material and comprising a hollow body portion, a neck portion unitary with the body portion and terminating in a circumferential, inwardly extending sealing flange, and a removable cap joined to the sealing flange by a frangible web unitary with the removable cap and with the sealing flange;the neck portion defining an access passageway to the hollow body portion which includes a throat region configured as a Luer female fitting dimensioned to receive a Luer male connector when the access passageway is open; and a pair of opposed external lugs on the neck portion below the sealing flange.

US Pat. No. 10,363,368

AUTOMATIC ADMINISTRATION INSTRUMENT FOR MEDICAL USE

PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION,...

1. An automatic administration instrument for medical use for injecting a drug solution filled in a syringe, said automatic administration instrument comprising:a body for housing the syringe filled with the drug solution and for setting an injection needle;a body cap attached to said body so as to cover the injection needle;a first motor for sliding the syringe within said body in a direction toward a tip of the injection needle such that the tip of the injection needle protrudes from said body cap;
a second motor for moving the drug solution in the syringe to administer the drug solution; and
a first switch provided on said body, said first switch for starting an automatic needle insertion in which said first motor and said second motor are activated in sequential order while a part of an exterior of said body cap is being pressed against a body region of a patient to which the drug solution is to be administered;
a second switch provided on said body, said second switch for starting an automatic air releasing in which said first motor and said second motor are activated in sequential order; and
a microprocessor,
wherein said microprocessor is adapted to activate said first motor when said second switch is pressed in a state in which the body is positioned with said injection needle turning upward and the body is not pressed against the body region of the patient, such that the tip of the injection needle protrudes from said body cap by sliding the syringe within said body in the direction toward the tip of the injection needle, and thereafter activates said second motor such that air releasing is carried out in an additional state in which the tip of the injection needle protrudes from said body cap by moving the drug solution in the syringe to administer the drug solution, and thereafter activates said first motor backward such that the tip of the injection needle is housed in said body, and
an rpm of said second motor in the air releasing, which depends on an amount of air to be pushed out from the tip of the injection needle in the air releasing, is previously incorporated in the microprocessor as a program, and
said microprocessor is adapted to activate said first motor when the first switch is pressed while the part of the exterior of said body cap is being pressed against the body region of the patient to which the drug solution is to be administered upon completing the air releasing, such that the tip of the injection needle protrudes from said body cap to perform needle insertion into the body region of the patient, and thereafter activates said second motor to administer the drug solution.

US Pat. No. 10,363,364

DEVICES FOR ESTIMATING REGIONAL METABOLIC RATE OF ORGANS BASED ON HEAT GENERATION AND FOR ESTIMATING REGIONAL BLOOD FLOW(S) FOR THE VOLUME(S) OF TISSUE PERFUSED

Hybernia Medical LLC, Ne...

1. A system comprising:a controller;
an insertion device comprising at least one temperatures sensor thereon, the insertion device functionally coupled to the controller to provide a plurality of temperature measurements of a subject's organ to the controller;
a pump functionally coupled to the controller for the controller to vary an infusate flow rate to induce temperature changes in at least a portion of the subject's organ, in accordance with at least one of a wash-in and a wash-out cycle, in which the controller varies the pump to induce temperature changes of at least a portion of the subject's organ between a first temperature and a second temperature in a sequence that comprises at least one of raising and lowering the temperature of the organ to at least one step temperature that is between the first and second temperatures, and maintaining the step temperature and at least one of the first and second temperatures for a given time;
a memory device functionally coupled to the controller, the controller operable to store the plurality of measurements of the temperature of the subject's organ to the controller, taken throughout the at least one of the wash-in and wash-out perfusion induced temperature changes in at least a portion of the subject's organ, and further operable to estimate values for at least one hemodynamic characteristic of at least a portion of the subject's organ based on the plurality of temperature measurements obtained during the perfusion induced temperature changes and time as a variable.

US Pat. No. 10,363,358

INFUSION CATHETER WITH GUIDEWIRE VALVING

A.V. Medical Technologies...

1. A method for treating a portion of a blood vessel in a subject, with locally dispersing contrast enhancing material proximally adjacent to the blood vessel portion, the method comprising:providing a catheter comprising a shaft including an infusion lumen enclosed within an infusion wall, and an inflation lumen, said inflation lumen is sealed to said infusion lumen and opened to an inflatable member, said infusion lumen is opened with a proximal guidewire opening, a distal guidewire opening, a fluid inlet opening, and a fluid outlet opening;
inserting a guidewire in the blood vessel;
delivering said catheter in the blood vessel over said guidewire to a chosen target adjacent to the blood vessel portion, such that said guidewire obstructs a distal wall segment of said infusion wall provided with a narrowing starting distally, and in proximity, to said fluid outlet opening, and extending distally along said distal wall segment towards said distal guidewire opening, wherein said distal wall segment is sized and shaped substantially the same as an external boundary of a correlating portion of the guidewire over at least 10 mm of said infusion wall of said infusion lumen;
inflating said inflatable member;
dilating the blood vessel at said chosen target, so as to affect the blood vessel portion;
occluding the blood vessel at said chosen target;
and
infusing a fluid with the contrast enhancing material as a localized delivery through said fluid outlet opening proximally to said inflatable member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,356

ABSCESS IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

Joseph P. Schultz, Atlan...

1. An irrigator system for delivering a volume of fluid from a fluid source to an abscess or wound, the irrigator system comprising:a fluid source connector for removably connecting to the fluid source;
a fluid receiver for receiving the fluid from the fluid source;
a fluid delivery nozzle for delivering a targeted stream of the fluid to the abscess or wound, wherein the fluid source connector and the fluid delivery nozzle comprise a single monolithic structure, wherein the fluid delivery nozzle extends away from the fluid receiver to a distal tip; and
a shield removably positioned around and with respect to the fluid delivery nozzle to protect the fluid delivery nozzle, wherein the shield consists of a wall that extends between a connection end and an open free end and wherein the fluid delivery nozzle is adapted to deliver the targeted stream of fluid directly out of the shield wall open free end;
wherein the shield wall connection end defines a first clearance area and the shield wall open free end defines a second clearance area, wherein the first clearance area is not smaller than the second clearance area.

US Pat. No. 10,363,355

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLATELET REMOVAL DURING MONONUCLEAR CELL COLLECTION

Fenwal, Inc., Lake Zuric...

1. A method of collecting mononuclear cells, comprising:separating whole blood into cellular components and platelet-rich plasma;
separating the platelet-rich plasma into platelet concentrate and platelet-poor plasma;
combining the cellular components with the platelet-poor plasma to form a first mixture; and
separating the first mixture into mononuclear cells and at least one component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,350

BLOOD PUMP

MAGENTA MEDICAL LTD., Ka...

1. A method comprising:measuring central venous pressure of a subject;
at least partially based upon the measured central venous pressure, designating a target renal venous pressure that is lower than the measured central venous pressure; and
in response thereto, driving at least one impeller to pump blood from a renal vein of the subject into a vena cava of the subject, such as to reduce the subject's renal venous pressure toward the target renal venous pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,349

HEART PUMP PROVIDING ADJUSTABLE OUTFLOW

TC1 LLP, Pleasanton, CA ...

1. A heart pump comprising:an expandable cannula having one or more outlets, the expandable cannula configured to expand from a stored configuration to a deployed configuration upon being advanced to the heart of a patient; and
an impeller positioned in the expandable cannula, the impeller configured to pump blood through the one or more outlets along a longitudinal axis when the impeller is rotated at an operational speed,
wherein the heart pump is configured to adjust a flow rate through the one or more outlets by adjusting an effective area of the one or more outlets while the impeller is rotating or by providing relative motion between the expandable cannula and the impeller along the longitudinal axis while the impeller is rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,363,340

POLY(OLIGOETHYLENE GLYCOL METHACRYLATE) HYDROGEL COMPOSITIONS, AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

McMaster University, Ham...

1. A hydrogel composition, comprisinga. at least one first precursor polymer which is a nucleophile-functionalized poly(oligoethylene glycol methacrylate) copolymer, and
b. at least one second precursor polymer which is an electrophile-functionalized poly(oligoethylene glycol methacrylate) copolymer,
wherein the first and second precursor polymers are crosslinked through covalent bonds by reaction of the nucleophilic and electrophilic moieties.

US Pat. No. 10,363,335

DISPOSABLE GAS DIFFUSION DEVICE

GUANGZHOU FANER AROMA PRO...

1. A disposable gas diffusion device, comprising:a gas supply device, which is provided, in an interior thereof, with a gas inlet device and a compression element, the gas inlet device being provided, at one side thereof, with a gas inlet section and being also provided, at another side thereof, with a gas outlet section, the gas outlet section having an end connected to the compression element, the gas supply device being provided, at one side thereof, with a coupling section, the coupling section being provided, in an inside thereof, with a gas conveyance hole, the gas conveyance hole being connected to one end of the compression element; and
a diffusion device, which is connected to the coupling section, the diffusion device comprising a container and a diffuser, the container having an end connected to a circumference of the diffuser to allow a bottom of the diffuser to be received in an interior of the container, the diffuser having a circumference that is provided with a gas entrance section, the gas entrance section having one side that is provided with a gas entrance passage, the gas entrance passage being in tight connection with the gas conveyance hole, the gas entrance passage having an end arranged at a side of the gas entrance section, the gas entrance passage having another end extending to a bottom of the diffuser, the diffuser being provided, in the bottom thereof, with a liquid guiding device, the liquid guiding device having an end connected to the bottom of the diffuser, the liquid guiding device having another end extending to a location adjacent to a bottom of the container, the liquid guiding device having a circumference in which an atomization hole is formed, the atomization hole having an end communicating with the liquid guiding device, the atomization hole having another end arranged at a location adjacent to another end of the gas entrance passage, the diffuser having a circumference connected to the coupling section, the gas conveyance hole being in tight connection with the gas entrance passage, the diffuser having a top end that is provided with an exit opening;
wherein the gas supply device is provided, in an interior thereof, with a flow driving device, the gas supply device having a circumference that is provided with at least one air ingress opening, whereby when the flow driving device is put in operation, external gas is first drawn in through the air ingress opening and the gas is then blown to one side of the gas supply device so that gas fed out through the exit opening is blown further by the gas blown out of the flow driving device.

US Pat. No. 10,363,334

AIR SCENTING DEVICE AND AN ASSEMBLY OF THE AIR SCENTING DEVICE WITH A SCENT MODULE

Common Sense Holding B.V....

1. An assembly of a scent module and an air scenting device, said air scenting device comprising:a housing having:
an accommodation into which said scent module is inserted;
an air and scent perfume mixing chamber positioned underneath said accommodation, configured to mix air and scent perfume from said scent module to generate scented air;
an outflow opening in communication with the chamber and an outside relative to said housing;
a scent perfume extracting mechanism configured to transfer scent perfume from the scent module into the chamber, comprising;
a scent perfume absorbing element,
a scent carrying material,
a dripping mechanism arranged onto said scent perfume absorbing element, said dripping mechanism is configured to deposit scent perfume from the scent module onto said scent carrying material, and;
a limiter to restrain extraction of scent perfume from the scent module, wherein the limiter comprises an air duct between the scent perfume absorbing element and the dripping mechanism, and the limiter is air flow controlled, wherein one end of said air duct is placed inside said scent module, and wherein the other end of said air duct is connected to a nozzle, said nozzle being arranged on said scent carrying material so that when said scent carrying material is drenched to saturation, no more air can pass through said scent carrying material and up into said nozzle and said air duct, and so that when the scent carrying material is dry enough passage of air through said air duct is allowed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,318

ENHANCED ACTIVE AGENTS

Mamoun M. Alhamadsheh, S...

1. An enhanced active agent, comprising:a drug conjugated to a delivery system to form a conjugated drug, the delivery system including
a ligand that is selective for transthyretin in the serum of a subject; and,
a linker configured for operatively attaching the ligand covalently to the drug, the linker selected to cause release of the drug from the transthyretin in the subject as the conjugated drug, wherein the linker ranges from 14-20 angstroms in length;
wherein, the delivery system has a structure comprising:

where,
n is 1 to 8;
R1 and R3 are independently selected from a short chain alkyl having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
R2 is selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen, a short chain alkyl having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and an aryl;
Xa is C(R4)(R5), O, N—R5, or S; where R4 and R5 are independently selected from hydrogen, an alkyl having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a substituted alkyl, an alkoxy, hydroxyl, an alkoxycarbonyl, an amino;
Ra is CHO, COOH, COOCH3, COOR6, CONR7R8, tetrazolyl, CONHOH, B(OH)2, CONHSO2Ar, CONHCH(R9)COOH, halogen, acyl, substituted acyl, carboxyl, heterocyclic group, sulfonamide, sulfonyl fluoride, thioester, alkoxycarbonyl or substituted alkoxycarbonyl;
Rb is the linker and is positioned ortho or meta to Ra, the linker including a CHO, COOH, COOCH3, COOR6, CONR7R8, tetrazolyl, CONHOH, B(OH)2, CONHSO2Ar, CONHCH(R9)COOH, CF3, hydrogen, halogen, alkyl, substituted alkyl, acyl, substituted acyl, carboxyl, heterocyclic group, sulfonamide, sulfonyl fluoride, ester, thioester, ether, thioether, triazolyl, alkoxycarbonyl or substituted alkoxycarbonyl;
R6 is alkyl, haloalkyl, cycloalkyl, or heterocyclyl;
R7 and R8 are each independently hydrogen, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, cycloalkyl, heterocyclyl, or heteroaryl; and,
R9 is the side chain of a naturally occurring ?-amino carboxylic acid;
or, a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, ester, enol ether, enol ester, amide, acetal, ketal, orthoester, hemiacetal, hemiketal, hydrate, solvate or prodrug thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,317

OPTIMIZED IN VIVO DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH ENDOSOMOLYTIC AGENTS FOR NUCLEIC ACID CONJUGATES

ONXEO, Paris (FR) INSTIT...

1. A conjugated nucleic acid molecule which has the following formula:
wherein N is a nucleotide, n is an integer from 15 to 195, the underlined N refers to a nucleotide having or not a modified phosphodiester backbone, L? is a linker; m is 1 and L is a linker, C is a molecule facilitating endocytosis selected from the group consisting of single or double chain fatty acids, tocopherol, folates or folic acid, cholesterol, sugar, peptide and protein, and wherein C is conjugated via L to the 5? end of the nucleic acid molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,363,305

ANTI-GANGLIOSIDE COMPOUND FOR TARGETING CANCER AND GENERATING ANTIBODIES

Horacio Url Saragovi, Mo...

1. A ganglioside carbohydrate of formulawherein Aryl is a C6 to C10 aryl, optionally substituted with an alkyl, aryl, or halogen substituent.

US Pat. No. 10,363,278

FROZEN THERAPEUTIC DOSE AND PACKAGE

Amnio Technology LLC, Ph...

1. A therapeutic dose package, comprising a plurality of individual compartments coupled together in a multi-dose pack comprising:a frozen therapeutic dose comprising a therapeutic composition comprising:
acellular amniotic membrane particles;
a carrier fluid comprising an acellular amniotic fluid;
wherein the acellular amniotic membrane particles consist essentially of micronized amniotic membrane; and
wherein the therapeutic composition is essentially free of any viable amniotic membrane cells or viable amniotic fluid cells; and
wherein the plurality of individual compartments are detachably attached together.

US Pat. No. 10,363,265

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR TREATING HEPATITIS C VIRUS

Idenix Pharmaceuticals LL...

1. A method for the treatment of a hepatitis C virus infection in a host, comprising administering to the host an antivirally effective amount of a compound of Formula V:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;
wherein:
R1 is H, monophosphate, diphosphate, triphosphate, a stabilized phosphate prodrug, acyl, or a pharmaceutically acceptable leaving group which, when administered in vivo, provides a compound wherein R1 is H or phosphate;
R2 is H;
R3 is H;
Y is hydrogen, bromo, chloro, fluoro, iodo, OH or NH2; and
X1 is selected from the group consisting of H and CH3.

US Pat. No. 10,363,260

ANTI-CANCER EFFECTS OF JAK2 INHIBITORS IN COMBINATION WITH THALIDOMIDE DERIVATIVES AND GLUCOCORTICOIDS

OncoTracker, Inc., West ...

1. A method of treating multiple myeloma in a subject comprising administering to the subject ruxolitinib, lenalidomide and a glucocorticoid, wherein the glucocorticoid is selected from the group consisting of dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, methylprednisone and prednisone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,243

COMPOUNDS AND METHODS FOR TREATING INFLUENZA

Romark Laboratories L.C.,...

1. A method of treating a patient suffering from an influenza-like illness comprising administering to the patient a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of formula I
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein at least one of R1, R2, and R3 is OH or an ester thereof; R4, R5, and the remainder of R1, R2, and R3, are H; and R6 is NO2 and R9 is H,
wherein the influenza-like illness comprises one or more respiratory symptoms selected from the group consisting of erythematous oropharynx, hypertrophic tonsils, nasal congestion, rhonchi and adenomegaly, wherein the compound of formula I is administered at a dose selected from 100 mg to 600 mg.

US Pat. No. 10,363,240

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING ALOPECIA

DAVID WEINSTEIN CONSULTIN...

1. A composition for the treatment of alopecia comprising 0.000012% w/v of a compound of formula (II)or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or ester thereof, 5% w/v minoxidil, 0.12% w/v cyclosporine A, 28% w/v ethanol, 47% w/v propylene glycol and 19% w/v water, wherein w/v denotes weight by volume.

US Pat. No. 10,363,239

METHOD FOR INHIBITING GROWTH OF CANCER CELLS

Pain Therapeutics, Austi...

1. A method of inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells that contain an enhanced amount of one or more of phosphorylated-mTOR, phosphorylated-Akt1, phosphorylated-ERK2 and serine2152-phosphorylated filamin A that comprises contacting said cancer cells with an FLNA-binding effective amount of a compound or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof that binds to the pentapeptide of FLNA of SEQ ID NO: 1 and exhibits at least about 60 percent of the FITC-labeled naloxone binding amount when present at a 10 ?M concentration, using unlabeled naloxone as the control inhibitor at the same concentration as said compound or salt, said pentapeptide of FLNA being biotinylated at its N-terminal valine residue and bound to a streptavidin-coated solid support, wherein said enhanced amount of phosphorylated-mTOR, phosphorylated-Akt1, phosphorylated-ERK2 and serine2152-phosphorylated filamin A being an amount that is greater by more than 1 standard deviation to three standard deviations than the amount present in a non-cancerous cell of the same type, wherein said compound is a compound of Series C-1 that corresponds in structure to Formula I below:whereinX and Y are the same or different and are SO2, C(O), CH2, CD2 (where D is deuterium), NHC(NH), OC(O), NHC(S) or NHC(O);
W is NR7, CH2, S or O, where R7 is H, C1-C12 hydrocarbyl, or C1-C12 hydrocarboyl (acyl);
Q is CHR9 or C(O);
Z is CHR10 or C(O);
J and F are the same or different and are CH or CD (where D is deuterium);
each of m, n and p is zero or one and the sum of m+n+p is 2 or 3; and
circles A and B are the same or different aromatic or heteroaromatic ring systems that contain one ring or two fused rings;
R1 and R2 are the same or different and each can be hydrogen or represent up to three substituents other than hydrogen that themselves can be the same or different (R1a, R1b, and R1c, and R2a, R2b, and R2c) each of those six groups, R1a-c and R2a-c, is separately selected from the group consisting of H, C1-C6 hydrocarbyl, C1-C6 hydrocarbyloxy, trifluoromethyl, trifluoromethoxy, C1-C7 hydrocarboyl, hydroxy-, trifluoromethyl- or halogen-substituted C1-C7 hydrocarboyl, C1-C6 hydrocarbylsulfonyl, halogen, nitro, phenyl, cyano, carboxyl, C1-C7 hydrocarbyl carboxylate, carboxamide or sulfonamide
wherein the amido nitrogen of either group has the formula NR3R4 wherein R3 and R4 are the same or different and are H, C1-C4 hydrocarbyl, or R3 and R4 together with the depicted nitrogen form a 5-7-membered ring that optionally contains 1 or 2 additional hetero atoms that independently are nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur,MAr, where M is where M is —CH2—, —O— or —N?N— and Ar is a single-ringed aryl group, and NR5R6 wherein R5 and R6 are the same or different and are H, C1-C4 hydrocarbyl, C1-C4 acyl, C1-C4 hydrocarbylsulfonyl, or R5 and R6 together with the depicted nitrogen form a 5-7-membered ring that optionally contains 1 or 2 additional hetero atoms that independently are nitrogen, oxygen or sulfur;
R8, R9, and R10 are each H, or two of R8, R9, and R10 are H and one is a C1-C8 hydrocarbyl group that is unsubstituted or is substituted with up to three atoms that are the same or different and are oxygen or nitrogen atoms;
R11, R12, R13 and R14 are all H, or R11 and R13 are H and R12 and R14 are H or D (where D is deuterium), or one of the pair R11 and R12 or the pair R13 and R14 together with the depicted ring form a saturated or unsaturated 6-membered ring, and the other pair are each H or they are H and D.

US Pat. No. 10,363,222

MULTIPLE UNIT DOSAGE FORM HAVING A THERAPEUTIC AGENT IN COMBINATION WITH A NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT

JDS Therapeutics, LLC, P...

1. A dosage form for oral administration comprising:an inner therapeutic agent core comprising a therapeutic agent, wherein the therapeutic agent core is located at the center of the dosage form;
a middle barrier layer disposed directly on and surrounding the inner therapeutic agent core; and
an outer nutritional supplement layer disposed directly on and surrounding the middle barrier layer consisting of a nutritional supplement and one or more additional components selected from the group consisting of a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, a sweetener, a flavoring agent, a coloring agent, a preservative and an excipient, and wherein the nutritional supplement is selected from the group consisting of biotin, choline, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, bromine, cobalt, copper, fluorine, germanium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, sulfur, and vanadium, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,363,220

COMPARTMENTED PHARMACEUTICAL DOSAGE FORMS

Triastek, Inc., Nanjing ...

1. A dosage form comprising:a single substrate having a top and a bottom that forms at least a first compartment and a second compartment, wherein the first compartment has a first top and a first bottom, wherein the second compartment has a second top and a second bottom, wherein the first top and the second top are positioned at the top of the single substrate, wherein the first bottom and the second bottom are positioned at the bottom of the single substrate;
wherein the first compartment has a first aperture of a first pre-defined shape and the second compartment has a second aperture of a second pre-defined shape;
a first drug loaded into the first compartment such that the first drug is linked to the internal wall of the first compartment;
a second drug loaded into the second compartment such that the second drug is either linked to the internal wall of the second compartment or freely moving within the second compartment,
wherein each of the first compartment and the second compartment comprises a void space that provides a floating effect to the dosage form;
a first plug that seals the first aperture; and
a second plug that seals the second aperture,
wherein the first plug and the second plug are water soluble or erodible, and
wherein the first plug seals the first aperture at the first top, and wherein the second plug seals the second aperture at the second top.

US Pat. No. 10,363,201

BABY BOTTLE APPARATUS WITH FLOW CONTROL

ELIEZER ELIMELECH ROSE, ...

1. A baby bottle apparatus, comprising:a nipple;
a liquid container;
a flexible tube connecting said nipple to said container;
a normally-closed valve, for controlling fluid flow from said container to said nipple;
at least one lever, for opening said valve for fluid passage from said container to said nipple, thereby allowing a user to control fluid flow from said baby bottle apparatus,
wherein said valve comprises:
two parallel bars, at least one of said parallel bars being connected to one of said at least one lever; and
at least one elastic member, for pulling or pushing one of said parallel bars toward the other, and
wherein said flexible tube is disposed between said parallel bars, thereby resulting in said normally-closed state valve.

US Pat. No. 10,363,197

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING NETWORK CONNECTIVITY AND REMOTE MONITORING, OPTIMIZATION, AND CONTROL OF POOL/SPA EQUIPMENT

Hayward Industries, Inc.,...

1. A method for remotely monitoring and controlling a pump for a pool or a spa, comprising the steps of:assigning by a processor of the pump an Internet Protocol (IP) address to the pump;
establishing a network connection between the processor of the pump and a remote device;
providing for remote monitoring of operational parameters associated with the pump from the remote device over the network connection;
providing for remote control of the pump from the remote device over the network connection;
receiving at the processor data on forecasted weather conditions based on the location of the pump; and
determining by the processor if periods of forecasted temperatures above a temperature setpoint and load conditions above a load setpoint coincide based on the forecasted weather conditions and a pump schedule received at the processor from a memory; and
controlling, by the processor, the pump based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 10,363,192

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR INSTILLING INTRINSIC MOTIVATION REGARDING EYE CONTACT IN CHILDREN AFFECTED BY EYE CONTACT DISORDERS

Matthew Casey, Woburn, M...

1. A therapy method for encouraging a patient diagnosed with autism, an autism spectrum disorder, and/or a neurodevelopment disorder to make eye contact with other individuals, said therapy method comprising:treating the patient by placing a robot in a field of view of the patient such that the robot can interact with the patient thereby creating intrinsic motivation in the patient to make eye contact with the other individuals after a therapy session has ended, the robot comprising:
prominently featured animatronic eyes on a front side thereof;
a video camera;
a processor configured to:
process data from the video camera to determine a gaze direction of the patient during the therapy session; and
select a gaze direction for the animatronic eyes based on the determined gaze direction of the patient; and
an actuator that allows the interaction with the patient by controlling the animatronic eyes based on the selected gaze direction for the animatronic eyes; and
refraining from providing the patient with a positive reinforcement for gazing at the animatronic eyes during the therapy session;
wherein movement of the animatronic eyes constitutes the only electronically actuated movement of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,363,191

MULTIFUNCTIONAL CURVED BOARD

Gymba Oy, Joensuu (FI)

1. A multi-functional curved board used as a support for legs of a user and for general maintenance of muscle strength, the multi-functional curved board having one or more curved bodies comprising a radius of curvature, a longitudinal axis, and at least one raised foot support, wherein the one or more curved bodies are rigid in a direction of the radius of curvature, supporting at least a weight of the user, and flexible in a direction transverse to the radius of curvature so that the multi-functional curved board can be bent in the direction transverse to the radius of curvature to enable the multi-functional curved board to rotate around the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,187

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MOVING A PATIENT FROM A RECLINING POSITION TO AN UPRIGHT SITTING POSITION

CNS Solutions, LLC, Gree...

1. An apparatus for moving a patient between a reclining position on a bed and a generally upright sitting position, the apparatus comprising:a base;
a lifting mechanism secured to the base; and
an articulating patient support platform secured to the lifting mechanism, wherein the patient support platform is movable via the lifting mechanism between raised and lowered generally horizontal positions, wherein the patient support platform comprises:
a first panel comprising opposite first and second ends;
a second panel movably attached to the first panel first end and upwardly pivotable from a substantially co-planar relationship with the first panel to a substantially orthogonal relationship with the first panel; and
a third panel secured to the second panel in spaced-apart, substantially co-planar relationship therewith;
wherein the patient support platform is positionable on the bed such that a patient lying on the bed can be moved onto the patient support platform and positioned such that the patient's upper body is supported by the first and second panels and the patient's legs are supported by the third panel, and wherein the weight of the patient's legs on the third panel causes the third panel to move and pivot the second panel upwardly such that the patient is moved to a generally upright sitting position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,180

SUPPORT ASSEMBLY WITH SELECTIVE ORBITAL ROTATION ABOUT BRACKET

Adaptive Engineering Lab,...

1. A support assembly for a wheelchair, the support assembly comprising:a fixable portion adapted to be fixedly mounted to the wheelchair, the fixable portion including:
at least one mount adapted to be mounted to the wheelchair; and
a shaft having a keyway formed therein, the shaft being supportable by the at least one mount; and
a rotatable portion received on the shaft of the fixable portion and being in selective locked engagement therewith, the rotatable portion including:
a bracket body defining an opening into which the shaft of the fixable portion is received; and
a key member providing a key, the key member being supported by the bracket body and movable in linear translation between an engaged position in which the key is engaged with the keyway in the shaft to lock an orientation of the bracket body of the rotatable portion relative to the shaft of the fixable portion and a disengaged position in which the key is disengaged from the keyway in the shaft to permit the rotatable portion to rotate relative to the fixable portion about an axis of rotation defined by the shaft
wherein the bracket body includes a cavity extending from one side to the other side of the bracket body in which the key member is received, the cavity of the bracket body being in communication with the opening in the bracket body in which the shaft is received such that the key of the key member is engageable with the keyway in the shaft in at least one orientation of the rotatable portion relative to the fixable portion;
wherein the rotatable portion further comprises a post connected to the key member, a biasing element that is interposed between the post and the bracket body to bias the key member to the engaged position, and a depressible button connected to the bracket body that is positioned to contact the post and, upon depression of the depressible button overcome the biasing force of the biasing element to move the key member to the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,178

MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A MOBILE VEHICLE SEAT

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, Dear...

1. A motor vehicle having a mobile vehicle seat, the mobile vehicle seat comprising:a frame that forms a seating surface and a backrest;
an energy source arranged in the frame;
a drive motor arranged in the frame and connected to the energy source;
a control device to control the drive motor;
a first coupling arranged on the frame that releasably fixes the frame to the motor vehicle;
a second coupling corresponding to the first coupling seating surface arranged on an inside of a vehicle door that is mounted pivotably on a vehicle superstructure, wherein the second coupling releasably engages with the first coupling of the frame of the seating surface;
two wheels arranged on an axle and in drive connection with the drive motor provided on the frame, wherein the control device is configured to dynamically balance a vehicle seat using the two wheels during driving operation.

US Pat. No. 10,363,177

FOLDING STRETCHER

FIBRELIGHT DEVELOPMENTS L...

1. A rescue device comprising:at least two collapsible columns defining a core section structured to support a subject to lie on the core section during use, with each collapsible column lying adjacent at least one other column; and
a plurality of links, wherein
each respective collapsible column of the at least two collapsible columns comprises:
a plurality of rods;
at least one connector; and
a plurality of sleeves;
wherein:
each rod is located within at least one of the respective sleeves;
the plurality of rods are connectable in series by the at least one connector to form the respective collapsible column of the at least two collapsible columns; and
each sleeve is connected to at least one other sleeve by attachment to at least one of the links, the links being arranged substantially perpendicularly to the at least two collapsible columns and being flexible, at least some of the links comprising an extension strap that extends out from a side of the core section and being attached to quick release buckles to enable the subject to be carried to be secured into the rescue device during use;
the rescue device further comprises handles to lift the rescue device, the handles formed either by ends of the links or by extension straps being secured between two of the links to form a loop configured to be grasped;
wherein the device further comprises at least one biaser attached to at least one end of the respective collapsible column and passing through a lumen of the respective collapsible column, and
wherein an end of the at least one biaser is restrained adjacent to or around a stopper, such that the stopper is prevented from being drawn into the lumen of the respective collapsible column and is structured to prevent an entirety of the at least one biaser from being drawn into the lumen of the respective collapsible column.

US Pat. No. 10,363,168

OCULAR IMPLANTS FOR DELIVERY INTO THE EYE

IVANTIS, INC., Irvine, C...

1. A method of deploying at least a distal portion of an ocular implant into Schlemm's canal of an eye, the ocular implant comprising a plurality of curved supports, each support comprising a first end extending from a first location on a first side of the ocular implant and a second end extending from a second location on a second side of the ocular implant, the second location being proximal to the first location, so that each support forms a portion of a helix and the plurality of curved supports collectively forms a helix, the eye having a cornea defining an anterior chamber and an iris defining a pupil, the method comprising:advancing a distal portion of a cannula through the cornea so that a curved portion of the cannula is at least partially disposed in the anterior chamber of the eye;
advancing a distal tip of the cannula through trabecular meshwork of the eye so that a distal opening of the cannula is placed in fluid communication with Schlemm's canal;
advancing the ocular implant through the curved portion of the cannula;
rotating the ocular implant as at least a distal portion of the ocular implant is advanced through the distal opening and into Schlemm's canal; andusing the curved supports to advance the ocular implant into Schlemm's canal as the ocular implant is rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,363,167

DEVICE FOR AUTOMATED CAPSULOTOMY

Mynosys Cellular Devices,...

1. A surgical device for tissue cutting, the device comprising:a reversibly collapsible supporting element; and
a reversibly collapsible cutting element attached to the supporting element, the cutting element comprising:
an electrically conductive outer layer on an outer diameter of the supporting element, the outer layer comprising a layer of a first metal having a first resistivity and a layer of a second metal having a second resistivity lower than the first resistivity,
an electrically conductive inner layer on an inner diameter of the supporting element, the inner layer comprising a layer of the first metal and a layer of the second metal, and
an electrically conductive bottom layer on a bottom edge of the supporting element, the bottom layer being connected to the outer layer and the inner layer, the bottom layer having a third resistivity greater than the first resistivity and the second resistivity, the bottom layer configured to conduct an electrical current between the outer layer and the inner layer that causes a temperature increase in the bottom layer for cutting the tissue, the bottom layer comprising a layer of the first metal.

US Pat. No. 10,363,163

INJECTOR APPARATUS

EYEPOINT PHARMACEUTICALS,...

1. An injector device, comprising:a housing;
a cannula defining a lumen and having a proximal end received in the housing and a distal end extending from the housing; wherein the cannula further comprises an aperture that is located in a wall of the cannula between the proximal end of the cannula and the distal end of the cannula;
a hollow needle comprising a distal end with a tip for piercing a tissue;
a shifter that shifts the needle from an extended position to a retracted position; and
an actuator for advancing a payload from an initial position to exit from the distal end of the cannula,
wherein the device is configured so that, in the extended position, the needle extends through the aperture and occupies at least part of the lumen of the cannula, and the distal end of the needle extends past the distal end of the cannula;
wherein, when the needle is shifted from the extended position to the retracted position, the tip of the needle exits the lumen of the cannula through the aperture, and
wherein, in the retracted position, the distal end of the needle is withdrawn from the lumen of the cannula sufficiently to permit the payload to advance from the initial position through the distal end of the cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,363,162

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PATIENT TEMPERATURE

ADVANCED COOLING THERAPY,...

1. A method for cooling esophageal tissue in a patient undergoing a cardiac ablation procedure, the method comprising:nasally or orally inserting a heat transfer device into the patient, wherein the heat transfer device comprises one or more lumens providing a fluid path for flow of a heat transfer medium, a heat transfer region having a diameter of about 1.0 to about 2.0 centimeters, and a gastric tube that, when the heat transfer region is positioned in an esophagus of the patient, extends into a stomach of the patient; and
initiating flow of the heat transfer medium along the fluid path.

US Pat. No. 10,363,160

MANDIBULAR REPOSITIONING DEVICE

ResMed SAS, Saint Priest...

1. An intra-oral device designed to fit in a patient's mouth, comprising:an upper splint, structured to engage with at least a portion of one or more teeth on the maxilla, wherein the upper splint includes at least one upper gutter portion, that engages with a portion of one or more teeth on the maxilla, to retain the upper splint on the maxilla; and
a lower splint, structured to engage with at least a portion of one or more teeth on the mandible, wherein the lower splint include at least one lower gutter portion, that engages with a portion of one or more teeth on the mandible, to retain the lower splint on the mandible,
wherein:
the thickness of at least one of the at least one upper gutter portion and the at least one lower gutter portion varies across a profile of the teeth,
at least one of the at least one upper gutter portion and the at least one lower gutter portion has a retention portion with a varied thickness profile, and
the retention portion has an inside surface shaped and dimensioned to engage a side wall of the tooth, the inside surface including an undercut portion adapted to hold the device on the tooth, the undercut portion having a length that is adapted to extend from an apex of the tooth to a sub-apex position adjacent the apex and oriented towards the gingival part of the patient's tooth, the inside surface having a shape adapted to engage the tooth side wall continuously from substantially a distal end of the tooth side wall, continuing through the apex, and to the sub-apex position, wherein (a) the inside surface is configured to diverge away and be spaced from the tooth side wall at a position of the side wall between the sub-apex position and the gingival part of the patient's tooth, and (b) the retention portion has a distal end configured to diverge away and be spaced from the patient's gum.

US Pat. No. 10,363,155

STENT GRAFT

JOTEC GMBH, Hechingen (D...

1. A stent graft comprising:a hollow cylindrical body and
a sleeve catheter,
wherein the body has at least one self-expanding stent and a prosthetic material, wherein the body, in a compressed state, has a circumference that is smaller than a circumference of the body in an expanded state,
wherein the sleeve catheter is designed as a flap-shaped compression element having two longitudinal edges, a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge,
wherein the first longitudinal edge is fixedly secured bar stitching the first longitudinal edge to the prosthetic material of the body,
wherein an extent of the flap-shaped compression element perpendicular to the first longitudinal edge is smaller than the circumference of the body in the expanded state, wherein, for the purpose of compressing the body, the flap-shaped compression element can be placed around the body, and wherein the second longitudinal edge is not attached to the prosthesis material of the body and is releasably attachable to fixation points arranged on the flap-shaped compression element.

US Pat. No. 10,363,151

DEVICE FOR ENDOVASCULAR AORTIC REPAIR AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

Aortic Innovations, LLC, ...

1. A vascular prosthesis assembly comprising:a first prosthetic component comprising:
a first stent device having a wireframe assembly, the wireframe assembly defining a top portion that spans but does not extend into, the brachiocephalic artery, left common carotid artery, and left subclavian artery when placed within the aortic arch of a patient;
a prosthesis portion on an end of the first prosthetic device, the prosthesis portion being a covered graft material and configured to engage with a first portion of the aortic arch;
a second prosthetic component comprising:
a prosthesis portion configured for being stitchably engaged with the prosthesis portion of the first prosthetic device, wherein the prosthesis portion of the second prosthetic device is configured for engaging a second portion of the aorta, wherein the second portion is spaced-apart from the first portion and configured for engaging with a valve of the patient or prosthetic valve element;
wherein the first prosthetic component is placed into engagement with the first portion of a patient's aorta and the second prosthetic component is then secured to the first prosthetic component at the second portion of the patient's aorta to thereby define a total length of the combined first and second prosthetic components.

US Pat. No. 10,363,150

PROSTHETIC DEVICE WITH A ROTATABLE PYRAMID AND LATERAL TRAVEL LIMIT

American Prosthetic Compo...

1. A device comprising:a first member with a bar and a central hole, said central hole receiving a limiter;
a second member having a ring with a diameter; and
a third member with a channel and a tapered hole, said bar being laterally movably received within said channel and said second member being received within said tapered hole, said third member being laterally adjustable relative to said first member by a distance that is no greater than said diameter of said ring as said limiter contacts said ring at outer travel limits preventing additional lateral travel of said bar relative to said channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,148

METHOD FOR PREPARING A PATIENT'S FEMUR IN AN ORTHOPAEDIC JOINT REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE

DePuy Ireland Unlimited C...

1. A method of performing an orthopaedic surgical procedure, the method comprising:attaching a first femoral trial insert component to a femoral trial component via a pair of fasteners retained on the first femoral trial insert component, wherein the femoral trial component is configured to be coupled to a surgically-prepared distal end of a patient's femur and comprises (i) an anterior flange, (ii) a pair of curved arms extending away from the anterior flange, (iii) a posterior flange extending between the pair of curved arms, and (iv) a central passageway defined between the anterior flange, the curved arms, and the posterior flange, each curved arm of the femoral trial component including a curved condyle surface, a bone-facing surface, and a plurality of cutting guide slots, and wherein the first femoral trial insert component includes a main body sized to be positioned in the central passageway of the femoral trial component between the pair of curved arms of the femoral trial component,
positioning the first femoral trial insert component and the femoral trial component on a distal end of a patient's femur,
engaging curved surfaces of the femoral trial component and the first femoral trial insert component with a pair of concave curved surfaces of a tibial insert trial component over a range of flexion from extension to flexion,
selecting a cutting guide slot, from the plurality of cutting guide slots, that is positioned a distance from the bone-facing surface of the femoral trial component, the distance being equal to a thickness of an augment trial,
advancing a cutting saw blade through the cutting guide slot defined in the femoral trial component to remove a portion of the patient's femur,
attaching the augment trial to the femoral trial component by advancing a mounting post of the augment trial into a slot extending inwardly from an outer edge of the femoral trial component to position a body of the augment trial between the bone-facing surface of the femoral trial component and the patient's femur,
detaching the first femoral trial insert component from the femoral trial component,
coupling a cutting block to the anterior flange of the femoral trial component, the cutting block comprising a cutting guide surface that is positioned coplanar with a distal surface of the anterior flange of the femoral trial component,
advancing a saw blade along the cutting guide of the cutting block and the distal surface of the ante rior flange into contact with a patient's femurto cut the patient's femur,
attaching a second femoral trial insert component to the femoral trial component, and
engaging surfaces of the femoral trial component and the second femoral trial insert component with a pair of concave curved surfaces of a tibial insert trial component over a range of flexion from extension to flexion,
wherein the main body of the first femoral trial insert component includes (i) an anterior flange having a curved surface that is shaped to match a patella surface of a prosthetic femoral component, (ii) a pair of arms spaced apart from one another and extending parallel to one another away from the anterior flange of the main body, and (iii) a pair of mounting flanges each extending outwardly from each of the pair of arms in opposite directions,
wherein attaching the first femoral trial insert component includes advancing the pair of mounting flanges of the first femoral trial insert component into complementary-shaped openings defined in the pair of curved arms of the femoral trial component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,147

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A PATIENT'S FEMUR IN AN ORTHOPAEDIC JOINT REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE

DePuy Ireland Unlimited C...

1. An orthopaedic surgical system comprising:a femoral trial component configured to be coupled to a surgically-prepared distal end of a patient's femur, the femoral trial component comprising an anterior flange, a pair of curved arms extending away from the anterior flange, a posterior flange extending between the pair of curved arms, and a central passageway defined between the anterior flange, the curved arms, and the posterior flange, each arm including a curved condyle surface, a distal bone-facing surface, a plurality of anterior cutting guide slots, and a plurality of distal cutting guide slots,
a femoral trial insert component configured to be secured to the femoral trial component, the femoral trial insert component including a main body sized to be positioned in the central passageway of the femoral trial component between the pair of curved arms,
a plurality of augment trial components, each augment trial component being sized to be positioned on the distal bone-facing surface, and
a cutting block that is configured to be releasably coupled to an anterior surface of the anterior flange of the femoral trial component, the cutting block comprising a cutting guide surface,
wherein when the cutting block is coupled to the anterior flange of the femoral trial component, the cutting guide surface is positioned coplanar with a distal surface of the anterior flange of the femoral trial component and the posterior flange of the femoral trial component is aligned with the cutting guide surface of the cutting block to prevent further posterior movement of a cutting saw blade,
wherein the main body of the femoral trial insert component includes (i) an anterior flange having a curved surface that is shaped to match a patella surface of a prosthetic femoral component, (ii) a pair of arms spaced apart from one another and extending parallel to one another away from the anterior flange of the main body, and (iii) a pair of mounting flanges each extending outwardly from each of the pair of arms in opposite directions,
wherein each of the curved arms of the femoral trial component includes an aperture defined in the curved arm that opens into the central passageway of the femoral trial component, each aperture being sized and shaped to receive one of the pair of mounting flanges of the femoral trial insert component to secure the femoral trial component to the femoral trial insert component,
wherein the cutting block includes a locking mechanism operable to secure the cutting block to the femoral trial component,
wherein:
the anterior flange of the femoral trial component includes a slot, and
the locking mechanism including (i) a moveable locking tab extending outwardly from a body of the cutting block that is sized to be received in the slot, the locking tab being moveable between a first position in which the locking tab is configured to engage the anterior flange of the femoral trial component to secure the cutting block to the femoral trial component and a second position in which the locking tab is configured to be spaced apart from the anterior flange of the femoral trial component, and (ii) a biasing element to bias the locking tab in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,141

ARTIFICIAL DISC

AXIOMED, LLC, Malden, MA...

1. An artificial disc to replace a damaged spinal disc in a spinal column, said artificial disc comprising:a first plate having an outer side engagable with a first vertebra of the spinal column and an inner side,
a second plate having an outer side engagable with a second vertebra of the spinal column and an inner side, and
a resilient core disposed between said first and second plates, said resilient core being fixedly bonded to said inner sides of said first and second plates by molding the resilient core to the first and second plates,
said inner side of at least one of said first and second plates having an array of recesses which includes a plurality of recesses into which said resilient core is molded and extends,
wherein each one of said recesses comprises a bottom portion having a polygonal configuration and being configured to be filled with and comprising molded resilient core material,
wherein said plurality of recesses are integrally formed in the entire inner side of said at least one plate of said first and second plates and wherein each one of said recesses of said plurality of recesses has surfaces which are integrally formed as one piece with said at least one plate of said first and second plates,
wherein the resilient core comprises a material that is configured to flow into each of one said recesses by heating and softening the material, and
wherein the second plate comprises a peripheral flange that restricts transverse or sideways deflection of the resilient core.

US Pat. No. 10,363,133

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENGAGING A VALVE PROSTHESIS WITH TISSUE

Neovac Tiara Inc., Richm...

1. A system for deploying a prosthetic valve, said system comprising:a prosthetic cardiac valve comprising an atrial skirt, a ventricular skirt, and a tab coupled to the ventricular skirt; and
a delivery system comprising an outer sheath and pusher element, wherein the prosthetic cardiac valve is carried by the delivery system and the pusher element is slidably disposed under the outer sheath,
wherein partial retraction of the outer sheath releases a constraint from the atrial skirt and the ventricular skirt thereby allowing self-expansion thereof, and
wherein further retraction of the outer sheath releases a constraint from the tab thereby allowing a tip of the tab to radially self-expand outward forming a window between an edge of the atrial skirt and the tip of the tab, and
wherein a base portion of the tab remains constrained by the outer sheath and actuation of the pusher element into engagement with the base portion actuates the tip of the tab to open the window to its maximum size, and
wherein further retraction of the outer sheath or further actuation of the pusher element removes the constraint from the base portion of the tab, thereby at least partially closing the window.

US Pat. No. 10,363,129

VARIABLE STRENGTH INTRAOCULAR LENS AND METHOD OF USING SAME

Mag Optics, London (GB)

1. A variable optical strength intraocular lens comprising:a lens complex comprising:
an anterior segment comprising an anterior lens,
a posterior segment comprising a posterior lens portion and a haptic plate portion, wherein the haptic plate portion surrounds an optical zone, and
at least one spring in contact with the anterior segment and the posterior segment to provide a separation distance between the anterior lens and the posterior lens portion, and
at least one spring comprises one, two, three, four, or more than four springs having a C-shaped cross-section; and
a ciliary haptic complex comprising:
a central ring,
a first pair of ciliary muscle haptics extending outwardly from the central ring, and
a second pair of ciliary muscle haptics extending outwardly from the central ring wherein upon insertion into an eye, the central ring is in contact with an inferior side of the anterior lens and the first pair of ciliary muscle haptics and the second pair of ciliary muscle haptics are in communication with ciliary muscle of the eye and wherein contraction of the ciliary muscle causes the separation distance between the anterior lens and the posterior lens to increase.

US Pat. No. 10,363,124

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FORMING FIBROUS TUBES

HUMACYTE, INC., Durham, ...

1. A system for forming tubular scaffolds for tissue engineering, comprising:a mandrel with an outer circumference configured to receive a strip of scaffolding material wound there around;
at least one first structure configured with at least one first recess configured to receive at least a first portion of the circumference of the mandrel with the wound scaffolding material;
at least one second structure configured with at least one second recess configured to receive at least a second portion of the circumference of the mandrel with the wound scaffolding material;
at least one channel provided along a length of the second structure and arranged between the internal surface of the second recess and an external surface of the second structure,
wherein
the at least one first structure and the at least one second structure are configured for mated arrangement such that upon mating the circumference of the mandrel having the strip of scaffolding material wound there around is substantially encompassed by the first and second recesses,
the strip of scaffolding material wound around the circumference of the mandrel such that a first lengthwise edge of the strip is aligned immediately adjacent to a second lengthwise edge of the strip to form a tubular structure,
the two adjacently positioned lengthwise edges forming a lengthwise boundary, the lengthwise boundary being arranged adjacent the channel;
and
at least one needle arranged adjacent the channel and configured for insertion through the channel to tangentially puncture the tubular structure proximate to and along the lengthwise boundary from at least one side of the lengthwise boundary such that a portion of one or more fibers from the strip near at least one of the lengthwise edges traverses the lengthwise boundary and intertwines with one or more fibers from the strip near the other lengthwise edge thereby forming a seam.

US Pat. No. 10,363,123

DISTAL PROTECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH PRESSURE AND ULTRASOUND FEATURES

VOLCANO CORPORATION, San...

1. A system for providing embolic protection, the system comprising:a guidewire having a proximal end, a distal end, and a first pressure sensor disposed between the proximal end and the distal end of the guidewire;
a first sheath having a proximal end, a distal end, and a first sheath lumen, and a port between the proximal end and the distal end of the first sheath, wherein the port is in fluid communication with the first sheath lumen, the first sheath lumen configured to receive the guidewire;
a first distal protection filter attached to a distal portion of the first sheath;
a second sheath having a proximal end, a distal end and a second sheath lumen, the first sheath disposed within the second sheath lumen;
a second distal protection filter attached to a distal portion of the second sheath; and
an outer sheath disposed over both the first sheath and the second sheath,
whereupon being in a pre-deployed configuration, the first pressure sensor is axially disposed proximally of the first distal protection filter and the second distal protection filter, and whereupon being in a deployed configuration, the first pressure sensor is axially disposed between the first distal protection filter and the second distal protection filter and axially aligned with the port.

US Pat. No. 10,363,120

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CLEANING TEETH AND ROOT CANALS

SONENDO, INC., Laguna Hi...

1. An apparatus for treating a tooth, the apparatus comprising:a chamber having an access port which places the chamber in fluid communication with a treatment region of the tooth when the chamber is coupled to the tooth, the access port having a central axis;
a fluid motion generator being arranged to generate rotational fluid motion in the chamber; and
a suction port having a distal-most plane exposed to the chamber on a side of the chamber opposite of the access port, and being disposed relative to the access port such that the central axis of the access port passes through the suction port.

US Pat. No. 10,363,119

DENTAL PROSTHESIS MANUFACTURING AIDS

Geodigm Corporation, Cha...

1. A jig for aiding in manufacturing a dental prosthesis to be mounted to a preparation site having at least a first adjacent dental structure within a mouth of a patient, the jig comprising:(a) a tooth preparation die including a first keying arrangement and a tapered top surface, wherein the first keying arrangement projects downwardly opposite the tapered top surface;
(b) a base including a seating region having a second keying arrangement that is structurally configured to fit with the first keying arrangement of the tooth preparation die such that the base is structurally configured to securely hold the dental prosthesis, the tooth preparation die representing the preparation site;
(c) a first side member configured to mount to a first side of the base, the first side member having a surface representing a side of the first adjacent dental structure within a mouth of a patient, wherein the first side member represents only a portion of the first adjacent dental structure within a mouth of a patient;
(d) a second side member configured to mount to a second side of the base; and
(e) a cover member configured to mount above the base.

US Pat. No. 10,363,111

PHACOEMULSIFICATION SURGICAL MULTI-USE PACK USAGE TRACKER SYSTEM

1. A reusable cassette sensing apparatus, configured to be part of a surgical device, comprising:a film configured to indicate a maximum number of uses of the surgical device;
a tracking system comprising an implement, at least one sensor and a processor, wherein the implement is configured to irreversibly modify the film, and wherein the at least one sensor is configured to sense the maximum number of uses from the film, and, prior to a use of the surgical device, the processor is configured to determine if the maximum number of uses has been reached based at least on a number of irreversible modifications of the film, by the implement.

US Pat. No. 10,363,110

SURGICAL DRAPE WITH SEPARABLE ELEMENTS

Creative Surgical Solutio...

1. A surgical drape to temporarily cover a surgical table while maintaining a sterile field during a sterile surgical procedure to lower a risk of infection, comprising:a drape having a generally rectangular shape and an area defined by a predetermined length and a predetermined width, the drape having an upper portion and an under-table wrapping element;
a selectively separable portion on the upper portion and extending an entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, said selectively separable portion having a single pleat extending the entirety of the predetermined length of the drape, said selectively separable portion having a single longitudinal serrated tear line disposed below the single pleat, said selectively separable portion adapted to be positioned on top of the surgical table to maintain a sterile field;
said selectively separable portion having a closed position and an unclosed position, wherein the single pleat covers said single longitudinal serrated tear line when in said closed position; and wherein the single pleat is adapted to be opened when said selectively separable portion is in said unclosed position to allow said drape to be separated along said single longitudinal serrated tear line, so that longitudinal effaced lateral sides of said drape separate and fall away from respective sides of the surgical table in a sterile fashion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,102

INTEGRATED SURGERY METHOD

MAKO Surgical Corp., For...

1. A method for conducting a medical procedure in an operating room, comprising:defining a predetermined operational plan comprising a plurality of positions of a procedure object over time;
assigning a desired time milestone within the procedure for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan;
using a first camera-based 3-D motion sensor mounted in a known position and orientation in a global coordinate system of the operating room to generate signals related to a 3-D position of the procedure object in the operating room relative to the first camera-based 3-D motion sensor;
automatically monitoring progress of the medical procedure based at least in part upon one or more positions of the procedure object over time, the one or more positions based at least in part upon the signals from the first camera-based 3-D motion sensor;
comparing the one or more positions of the procedure object over time with the desired time milestone within the procedure for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan;
recording data relating to an actual time for each position of the object in the predetermined operational plan compared with the desired time milestone; and
using the data during or after the procedure to provide a recommendation for a change to a future predetermined operational plan.

US Pat. No. 10,363,097

ABLATION SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE ENERGY SOURCES

COVIDEN LP, Mansfield, M...

1. An ablation system comprising:a generator including a first energy source configured to supply a first type of energy to tissue, a second energy source configured to supply a second type of energy to tissue different from the first type of energy, a power source configured to power the first and second energy sources, and a user interface;
a switch coupled to the generator; and
a cable coupled to the generator, the cable configured to transmit the first type of energy to tissue and to transmit the second type of energy to tissue,
wherein the switch allows the first type of energy and the second type of energy to flow through the cable simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 10,363,094

FLEXIBLE MICROWAVE CATHETERS FOR NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL LUMENS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method for forming a resonating structure within a body lumen, the method comprising:advancing a flexible microwave catheter into a body lumen of a patient, the flexible microwave catheter including:
an outer sheath;
a radiating portion disposed within the outer sheath at a distal end of the flexible microwave catheter; and
a centering device proximate the radiating portion in a confined condition within the outer sheath;
positioning the radiating portion near targeted tissue;
distally advancing the centering device relative to the outer sheath while the outer sheath is in a fixed position along a longitudinal axis of the flexible microwave catheter, wherein distally advancing the centering device causes deployment of the centering device radially outward from the confined condition within the outer sheath to an unconfined condition distal the outer sheath within the body lumen, such that the radiating portion is at a radial center of the body lumen and a longitudinal axis of the radiating portion is substantially parallel with and at a fixed distance from a longitudinal axis of the body lumen near the targeted tissue; and
delivering microwave energy to the radiating portion such that a circumferentially balanced resonating structure is formed with the body lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,090

CATHETER WITH FLOW DIVERTER AND FORCE SENSOR

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A probe, comprising:an insertion tube;
a distal electrode;
a proximal electrode;
a force sensor between the insertion tube and the distal electrode, the force sensor having a coupling member with a proximal portion with a central space and a proximal opening with a longitudinal-slot having a u-shaped edge, the force sensor configured to measure a force on the distal electrode;
a diverter having an outer surface with a curvature generally corresponding to an outer curvature of the coupling member, the diverter having an indent formation extending around a peripheral edge of the outer surface of the diverter with the peripheral edge of the diverter having a rounded distal portion such that the diverter is positioned in the longitudinal slot with the rounded distal portion of the diverter corresponding with the u-shaped edge of the slot, the diverter having a proximal entry opening and a distal exit opening, the diverter having a fluid passage with a radial branch and an axial branch; and
a first tubing extending from a proximal end of the insertion tube to the proximal entry opening of the diverter, the first tubing configured to supply irrigation fluid to the fluid passage,
wherein the proximal electrode is mounted on the proximal portion of the force sensor, and is positioned over the distal exit opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,089

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING TISSUE WITH RADIOFREQUENCY ENERGY

Mederi RF, LLC, Houston,...

1. A method of treating tissue by applying non-ablative radiofrequency energy comprising the steps of:a. providing a device having a plurality of electrodes each having a penetrating tip, the plurality of electrodes movable between a retracted position and an advanced position, the plurality of electrodes having a structure to maintain an equidistant radial spacing and to maintain longitudinal alignment of each of the penetrating tips of the plurality of electrodes in the retracted position;
b. inserting the device into a sphincter of a patient;
c. advancing the plurality of electrodes such that each penetrating tip of the plurality of electrodes penetrates sphincter tissue at a first location, the plurality of electrodes are configured to be longitudinally aligned in the advanced position and further being equidistantly radially spaced in the advanced position to prevent overheating or underheating of tissue;
d. applying non-ablative radio frequency energy to the plurality of electrodes to apply the non-ablative radiofrequency energy to sphincter tissue in a first area of the penetrating tips of the plurality of electrodes without causing tissue necrosis or tissue ablation, the non-ablative radiofrequency energy applied so a minimum distance is maintained between regions of sphincter tissue treated by the plurality of electrodes, the minimum distance preventing overheating of tissue which can cause tissue necrosis;
e. retracting the plurality of electrodes within the device;
f. rotating the device to a second position;
g. advancing the plurality of electrodes from the device so that the penetrating tips penetrate sphincter tissue at a second location, the penetrating tips of the plurality of electrodes being longitudinally aligned and maintained in an equidistant radial spacing; and
h. applying non-ablative radiofrequency energy to the plurality of electrodes to apply the non-ablative radiofrequency energy to sphincter tissue in a second area of the penetrating tips of the plurality of electrodes at the second location without causing tissue necrosis or tissue ablation, such fixed radial spacing and longitudinal alignment maintain the minimum distance between regions of tissue treated to avoid overlapping of tissue treatment area which could cause ablation of tissue and tissue necrosis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,087

TISSUE RESECTION DEVICE

Apollo Endosurgery US, In...

1. An apparatus for resecting a target area of mucosal tissue comprising:an elongate member having proximal and distal sections wherein said distal section includes first and second guides, each a separate tube and each having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinally extending slot along said guide and ending proximal of said distal end, at least one of said distal ends of said first and second guides having an outward bias relative to the other of said distal ends, and said slots defining a path; and
a resection member having first and second proximal ends and a distal end wherein said first and second proximal ends extend within interiors of said first and second guides, respectively, and said distal end extends between said first and second guides of said elongate member such that said distal end of said resection member may traverse said path defined by said slots of said first and second guides,
wherein distal advancement of said first and second proximal ends of said resection member within said first and second guides causes at least one of said first and second guides to be moved against said outward bias and be brought closer to the other of said first and second guides.

US Pat. No. 10,363,085

SURGICAL CUTTING DEVICE

Fulmer Instruments, LLC, ...

1. A surgical apparatus, comprising:an enclosure and a blade extending from said enclosure, said blade with an edge for contacting tissue of a patient, said enclosure containing:
a differential amplifier circuit configured to provide an RF signal having a voltage and a current to the blade at a certain frequency and waveform;
an output monitor feedback circuit that monitors frequency and amplitude data from the differential amplifier circuit associated with said RF signal;
a return monitor feedback circuit that monitors frequency and amplitude data from the tissue associated with said RF signal; and
a microprocessor that receives the frequency and amplitude data from the output monitor and from the return monitor and adjusts at least one of the voltage, frequency and waveform of said RF signal provided by the differential amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,363,082

ELECTROSURGICAL DEVICE

TTUMED LLC, Minneapolis,...

1. An electrosurgical apparatus for removal of tissue from a patient, the electrosurgical apparatus comprising: an electrosurgical generator; an electrode assembly; a cable having a proximal end connected to the electrosurgical generator and a distal end connected to the electrode assembly; a user-apparatus interface in communication with the electrosurgical generator and the electrode assembly; the electrode assembly including: a first electrode having a proximal end and a distal end; a second electrode at least partially disposed proximate to the distal end of the first electrode; and a third electrode at least partially disposed proximate to the proximal end of the first electrode; the first electrode having a smaller surface area than the combined surface areas of the second electrode and third electrode; wherein the electrosurgical apparatus comprises a means configured such that the user-apparatus interface provides for operation of the electrode assembly in a first mode wherein the first electrode is configured as an active electrode for the removal of tissue and the second and third electrodes comprise a combined passive electrode, such that the tissue removal occurs primarily in proximity to the first electrode and the tissue removal occurs through vaporization by formation of a plasma.

US Pat. No. 10,363,081

APPARATUS, PROBE AND METHOD FOR A CRYOGENIC SYSTEM

NITRO MEDICAL LIMITED, S...

1. An apparatus for cryosurgery comprising;a probe comprising a dispersive medium, a thermally conductive tapered probe tip, and a supply line, wherein the dispersive medium extends about and outwardly from the supply line to the thermally conductive tapered probe tip, and is in thermal communication with the thermally conductive tapered probe tip about the supply line, so as to generate, in use, an ice ball about the periphery of the thermally conductive tapered probe tip, the supply line extending into the thermally conductive tapered probe tip;
an exhaust line configured to receive cryogen from the probe; and
a vacuum source configured to be in fluid communication with the exhaust line, and wherein the apparatus is configured such that, in use, cryogen is drawn from a cryogen source for delivery to the probe by the vacuum source.

US Pat. No. 10,363,080

SUBDERMAL CRYOGENIC REMODELING OF MUSCLES, NERVES, CONNECTIVE TISSUE, AND/OR ADIPOSE TISSUE (FAT)

Pacira CryoTech, Inc., P...

1. A method for cryogenically treating target tissue for alleviating spasticity of a skeletal muscle having an associated nerve, the method comprising:providing a cryogenic device having a tissue penetrating needle probe;
inserting a distal portion of the tissue penetrating needle probe through a skin surface so that the distal portion is positioned near the target tissue including the associated nerve;
directing cooling from the tissue penetrating needle probe to the target tissue and cooling the target tissue including the associated nerve below the skin surface with the distal portion of the tissue penetrating needle probe such that the spasticity of the skeletal muscle is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,363,079

ELECTROSURGICAL METHOD AND APPARATUS WITH VARYING STIFFNESS CAPTURE COMPONENTS

Medtronic Inc., Minneapo...

1. An electrosurgical apparatus for cutting and resecting a tissue volume, the apparatus comprising:one or more electrosurgical filaments; and
a plurality of capture components coupled, at leading edges of the components, to the one or more electrosurgical filaments to define a cutting plane, the plurality of capture components and one or more electrosurgical filaments being deployable by forward extension at or near a forward tip of an elongated shaft of the apparatus to form an elliptical path that defines, with the other capture components, a spheroidal receptacle configured to surround a tissue volume for resection,
wherein the elliptical path is formable by a first extension followed by a second extension, said first extension corresponding to a forward section of the plurality of capture components and having a first axial component and a radial expansion component, and said second extension corresponding to a middle section of the plurality of capture components and having a second axial component and a radial contraction component,
wherein at least one of the plurality of capture components is of varying stiffness, including i) a first stiffness corresponding to the first extension and ii) a second stiffness corresponding to the second extension, wherein the first stiffness is greater than the second stiffness.

US Pat. No. 10,363,077

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING AN ANCHORAGE IN TISSUE

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A device for supplying to an operating site a material having thermoplastic properties and being liquefiable by mechanical vibration, the device comprising:a tube-shaped liquefiable part comprising the liquefiable material and having an inner cross section, an outer cross section, a distal end, and a proximal face,
a vibrating element, comprising a distal portion of a smaller cross section, a proximal portion of a larger cross section and a shoulder therebetween, a proximal end of the vibrating element being suitable for being coupled to a vibration source and the vibrating element being capable of transmitting vibration generated by the vibration source toward a distal end of the vibrating element, the distal portion of the vibrating element being configured to be releasably fixed to the liquefiable part, and
a perforated sheath having an inner sheath space with an inner region and an outer region being separated by a step therebetween, wherein a cross section of the inner region is substantially equal to the inner cross section of the liquefiable part and a cross section of the outer region is substantially equal to the outer cross section of the liquefiable part and wherein sheath perforations are located in the outer region of the inner sheath space;
wherein the distal portion of the vibrating element extends into the liquefiable part, and wherein the liquefiable part is releasably fixed to the distal portion of the vibrating element,
wherein the distal end of the liquefiable part is open, and
wherein vibrations are transmitted to the liquefiable part via the distal portion of the vibrating element,
wherein the device is equipped for delivering at least portions of the liquefiable material to the operation site when the vibrating element vibrates with the liquefiable part fixed to the distal portion of the vibrating element, and
wherein the liquefiable material flows through the perforations of the perforated sheath to the operation site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,073

BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED INSTRUMENTATION

1. A head insertion instrument, comprising:a sleeve having opposed arms movable towards and away from one another to selectively couple the sleeve to a head of a bone anchor assembly;
a push rod disposed within the sleeve and configured to translate axially with respect to the sleeve, the push rod having a first bearing surface; and
a release element disposed within the sleeve and configured to translate axially with respect to the sleeve and the push rod, the release element including a second bearing surface and opposed arms aligned with the opposed arms of the sleeve;
wherein the instrument prevents separation of a head of a bone anchor assembly from the sleeve when the head is not fully seated on a bone anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,067

SKIN CARE METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES

1. A device to facilitate skin care, the device comprising:a digital microscope;
a comedone extractor coupled with the digital microscope, wherein the comedone extractor includes a rigid wire loop;
a spacer coupled with the digital microscope, wherein the spacer comprises at least one aperture configured to facilitate the use of the comedone extractor; and
a compressible structure coupled with the spacer, wherein the compressible structure is configured to be positioned between the spacer and the digital microscope and wherein the compressible structure coupled with the spacer is configured to preclude the comedone extractor from contacting a portion of skin when the compressible structure is in an uncompressed state and to allow the comedone extractor to contact the portion of skin when the compressible structure is in a compressed state, wherein the comedone extractor extrudes a comedone from the portion of skin when the comedone extractor applies pressure to the portion of skin and the compressible structure includes a plurality of springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,065

MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING BODILY TISSUES

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:an elongate member having a shaft, a first end portion, and a second end portion, the shaft being disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion, the shaft having a curved portion, the second end portion having a width larger than a width of the shaft, the second end portion configured to be inserted into a vagina of a patient,
the second end portion having a first surface and a second surface disposed opposite the first surface, the first surface having a planar portion and a concave portion, the concave portion being recessed from the planar portion of the first surface, the second end portion having a cutout that exposes the concave portion, the concave portion extending to a terminal end of the elongate member,
the concave portion configured to engage a cervix or uterus when the medical device is placed within a body of a patient; and
a cover member, the cover member configured to be removably coupled to the concave portion, the cover member configured to fill the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,064

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO A BODY CAVITY OF A LIVING ANIMAL FOR A MEDICAL PROCEDURE

Titan Medical Inc., Toro...

1. An apparatus for providing access to a body cavity of a living animal through an access port inserted in an incision made in a wall of the body cavity, the apparatus comprising:a cap configured to attach to the access port, the cap including an opening configured to permit insertion of a medical instrument through the cap and access port into the body cavity;
a tubular sleeve including a distal end sealingly connected at the opening and extending outwardly therefrom, the sleeve including a proximal end configured to receive and provide a seal with the medical instrument when received; and
a closure disposed to temporarily seal the sleeve prior to insertion of the medical instrument through the opening in the cap,
wherein the sleeve comprises a flexible material, and
wherein the closure comprises a releasable clamp disposed partway between the distal end and the proximal end and extending across the sleeve, and wherein the clamp is configured to engage and seal the sleeve to facilitate establishment of an insufflation pressure within the body cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,061

NOZZLE ASSEMBLIES FOR LIQUID JET SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS FOR EMPLOYING THE NOZZLE ASSEMBLIES

HydroCision, Inc., Bille...

1. A surgical instrument comprising:a housing located at a distal end of the surgical instrument, the housing supporting a pressure lumen;
the pressure lumen including a distal end mounted in a groove on an exterior surface of the housing;
a nozzle positioned completely inside the distal end of the pressure lumen, the nozzle co-axial with the distal end of the pressure lumen and, in operation, co-axial with pressurized liquid flow passing through the nozzle, wherein the nozzle forms a tapered liquid flow passage with a diameter that continuously decreases along at least a portion of the liquid flow through the nozzle, and wherein the nozzle is formed as a torus with a flat surface and a curved opposite surface, the curved surface positioned upstream of the flat surface
an evacuation lumen attached to a proximal end of the housing, the evacuation lumen comprising an opening at a distal end of the evacuation lumen opposite the nozzle, the opening configured to receive at least a portion of the liquid flow, the opening at least partially extending past the exterior of the housing,
wherein the distal end of the pressure lumen extends beyond the distal end of the evacuation lumen such that, in operation, the received liquid flow is directed toward a proximal end of the surgical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,363,060

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH COOLING SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An ultrasonic surgical instrument, comprising:a handle assembly;
an outer tube extending distally from the handle assembly, the outer tube defining a first passage along a longitudinal axis;
a middle tube positioned along the longitudinal axis coaxial with the outer tube within the first passage, the middle tube defining a second passage;
a waveguide positioned along the longitudinal axis within the second passage of the middle tube;
a blade supported by a distal end of the waveguide and configured to oscillate with respect to the middle and outer tubes to ultrasonically treat tissue; and
a blade cooling system including a blade conduit extending at least partially through the blade, the blade conduit including:
a blade inlet defined in a proximal portion of the blade and disposed in fluid communication with the second passage to receive a fluid from the second passage;
a blade outlet defined in the proximal portion of the blade and in fluid communication with the first passage to expel the fluid into the first passage;
a first segment defined and extending distally within the blade from the blade inlet to a distal portion of the blade; and
a second segment defined within the blade and disposed in fluid communication with the first segment, and extending proximally from a distal portion of the blade to the blade outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,058

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH TRANSDUCER SLIP JOINT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical instrument, comprising:(a) an ultrasonic transducer assembly rotatably mounted along a longitudinal axis such that the ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate about the longitudinal axis, wherein the ultrasonic transducer assembly defines a first outer profile; and
(b) a transducer slip joint positioned proximate to the ultrasonic transducer assembly and defining a second outer profile, wherein the transducer slip joint is configured to electrically connect a power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly and mechanically connect the power cord to the ultrasonic transducer assembly such that the ultrasonic transducer assembly is configured to selectively rotate relative to the power cord for inhibiting the power cord from winding upon rotation of the ultrasonic transducer assembly about the longitudinal axis, wherein one of the first or second outer profiles fits within the other of the second or first outer profiles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,056

UNITARY ENDOSCOPIC VESSEL HARVESTING DEVICES

Saphena Medical, Inc., W...

1. A surgical device comprising:an elongated body having a proximal end and a distal end;
an inflatable tip disposed at the distal end of the elongated body;
one or more lumens in fluid communication with an inner cavity of the inflatable tip and into which an endoscope is advanced into the inner cavity for endoscopic viewing of a harvesting procedure performed by the surgical device; and
a cutting unit having a first cutting portion and a second cutting portion, the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion being moveable in a longitudinal direction relative to the elongated body to capture a blood vessel between the first cutting portion and the second cutting portion, and being rotatable relative to one another circumferentially about the inflatable tip to cut the captured blood vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,049

CRANIAL DRILL SYSTEM

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-Und...

1. A kit comprising: a cranial drill system comprising:at least one surgical drill element configured to drill into a skull and to form an opening in the skull, the opening having a narrower diameter portion and a wider diameter portion; and
a spike configured to penetrate a dura, the spike dimensioned to be a close fit in the narrower diameter portion of the opening such that lateral translational movement of a section of the spike is limited when the section of the spike is located in the narrower diameter portion of the opening; and an implantable instrument configured to locate within the opening formed using the cranial drill system, the implantable instrument comprising a port, wherein the cranial drill system is arranged to form the opening having a profile corresponding to a profile of the port.

US Pat. No. 10,363,045

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL CLIP APPLIER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

11. An apparatus for application of surgical clips to body tissue, the apparatus comprising:a shaft assembly;
first and second jaw members extending from a distal end portion of the shaft assembly, the first and second jaw members movable between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position;
a drive channel positioned adjacent the first and second jaw members and configured to move the jaw members to the approximated position when the drive channel is in a distal position;
a wedge plate slidably supported in the shaft assembly, the wedge plate including a distal portion configured and dimensioned for placement between the first and second jaw members when the drive channel is in a proximal position and the first and second jaw members are in the spaced-apart position; and
a wedge plate rack mechanism supported in the shaft assembly, the wedge plate rack mechanism including,
a single gear making contact with each of the wedge plate and the drive channel such that a distal displacement of the drive channel is translated by the gear into a proximal displacement of the wedge plate and a proximal displacement of the drive channel is translated by the gear into a distal displacement of the wedge plate, wherein the proximal displacement of the wedge plate withdraws the distal portion of the wedge plate from between the first and second jaw members such that the first and second jaw members are capable of being moved to the approximated position to form a surgical clip therebetween and wherein the distal displacement of the wedge plate moves the distal portion of the wedge plate between the first and second jaw members such that the first and second jaw members are in the spaced-apart position,
wherein a portion of the single gear selectively contacts a portion of the drive channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,043

TREATMENT OF INCOMPETENT VESSELS

ArtVentive Medical Group,...

1. An expandable device for delivery to a target location in a body vessel, comprising:a frame comprising a proximal loop, a distal loop, and first and second U-shaped link members, the first U-shaped link member having a first radius of curvature and the second U-shaped link member having a second radius of curvature, wherein the first and second radii of curvature have a common bend axis, the first U-shaped link member having a first proximal end obliquely coupled to the proximal loop at a first proximal location, the second U-shaped link member having a second proximal end obliquely coupled to the proximal loop at a second proximal location, the second proximal location being spaced apart from the first proximal location, and a second end coupled to the distal loop, the first U-shaped link member further having a first distal end obliquely coupled to the distal loop at a first distal location, the second U-shaped link member having a second distal end obliquely coupled to the distal loop at a second distal location, the second distal location being spaced apart from the first distal location, the proximal and distal loops being at opposite ends of a longitudinal axis, wherein in an expanded configuration, the first and second U-shaped link members (i) are symmetrical with each other about a first plane passing through the longitudinal axis and (ii) are each symmetrical about a second plane that is oriented perpendicular to the first plane;
wherein the frame is expandable from (1) a collapsed configuration in which the first and second U-shaped link members are generally straight and extend substantially parallel relative to the longitudinal axis, to (2) an expanded configuration, in moving to which (a) the first and second planes each rotate angularly, relative to the longitudinal axis, from the collapsed configuration by between about 10 degrees and about 170 degrees, and (b) the first and second radii of curvature decrease to cause the first and second U-shaped link members to foreshorten along the longitudinal axis to bias the proximal loop toward the distal loop; and
a cover member coupled to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,363,039

SURGICAL FASTENER APPLIERS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector comprising:an outer tube defining a viewing window and a lockout window, the outer tube defining a first passageway therethrough;
a coil member disposed within the first passageway of the outer tube, the coil member defining a second passageway therethrough;
a plurality of fasteners disposed in the second passageway of the coil member, the plurality of fasteners configured to translate along the second passageway; and
an engagement member disposed proximal to the plurality of fasteners and at least partially visible through the viewing window of the outer tube, the engagement member configured to translate along the second passageway proximal to the plurality of fasteners to provide a count relative to the viewing window of the plurality of fasteners remaining in the end effector, the engagement member including:
a body portion; and
a biasing portion extending from the body portion, the biasing portion having a biasing arm, the biasing arm biased resiliently outward such that engagement of a free end of the biasing portion of the engagement member with the lockout window restricts further translation of the engagement member, wherein the biasing arm of the engagement member includes a first biasing arm and a second biasing arm and wherein the outer tube includes a pair of lockout windows configured to engage with the first and second biasing arms of the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,037

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM COMPRISING A MAGNETIC LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical end effector system, comprising:a firing member comprising a cutting portion;
a staple cartridge assembly configured to be installed into said end effector system and fired by said firing member, said staple cartridge assembly comprising:
a plurality of staples;
a cartridge body comprising a slot, wherein said firing member is translatable within said slot;
an installed, ready-to-fire configuration; and
a false configuration; and
a lockout circuit system, comprising:
an electromagnet;
a severable circuit completion member electrically coupled to said electromagnet, wherein said severable circuit completion member is configured to be severed by said cutting portion, and wherein said staple cartridge assembly is in said false configuration when said severable circuit completion member is severed; and
a lockout member, comprising:
a locked position, wherein said lockout member is configured to prevent said firing member from firing said staple cartridge assembly when said lockout member is in said locked position; and
an unlocked position, wherein said lockout member is configured to permit said firing member to fire said staple cartridge assembly when said lockout member is in said unlocked position;
wherein said electromagnet is configured to release said lockout member into said locked position when said staple cartridge assembly is in said false configuration.